Kernel contributions from organisations and individual privacy

Ruben Safir ruben at
Thu Jun 11 10:41:57 EDT 2015

On 06/11/2015 10:28 AM, Greg KH wrote:
>> If the copyright is owned by the company then ONLY the company can push
>> > it up stream and assign copyright to the Linux Foundation.
> No one assigns kernel copyright to the Linux Foundation unless you have
> entered into some odd business agreement with that legal entity.  And
> that is quite rare to do so and takes lots of lawyers and time.

It doesn't take a lot of lawyers anymore than a license would.  I
thought that the Foundation requests this routinely in order so that it
has standing in court if a lawsuit should happen.  The FSF has copyright
to a large bulk of the software under GNU for this reason.
Obviously you have first hand knowledge of practice I don't have, but
copyright is a huge problem with contrition.  In order to contribute,
you must have copyright ownership.  You can't prove that if your anonymous.


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