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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] legal entities

From: Sylvain Beucler
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] legal entities
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 22:17:25 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

On Sat, Apr 03, 2010 at 12:16:44AM +0000, Karl Berry wrote:
> Hmm.  What the lawyer actually said is:
>   Copyright law allows the notice to include "a generally known
>   alternative designation of the owner," and we believe the project
>   name should qualify for that.
> So the question would be whether the alias or nickname is a "generally
> known alternative designation".  Some are, some aren't.  But I don't see
> how we could make that (legal) judgement -- if the project owner(s) want
> to take the risk and use a project name, an alias, or anything except
> the actual legal entities involved, it seems to me that is up to them.
> We don't need to be (and cannot be) the law here.
> What we can do, if we want to, is explain the above: using aliases of
> whatever sort can make it harder to get damages in court, so we do not
> recommend the practice (for the project's sake).
> Sylvain, do you agree?


It seems to me that keeping track of who wrote what is crucial, if
only to be able to investigate copyright infrightment claims, but
we're not here to track such infrightments, so let the project deal
with the consequences.


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