Kernel contributions from organisations and individual privacy

Greg KH greg at
Thu Jun 11 13:54:36 EDT 2015

On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 12:39:47PM -0400, Ruben Safir wrote:
> On 06/11/2015 11:38 AM, Greg KH wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 10:41:57AM -0400, Ruben Safir wrote:
> >> 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.
> > 
> > No, it never has done this, where are you getting this crazy idea?
> This idea is not crazy.  During the SCO battle this problem got tossed
> about quite a bit and I thought that at that time the Linux Foundation
> and Mad Dog set up a Copyright Clearing House for the Kernel.  Your
> saying that this never happened, so maybe I'm wrong.

You are wrong.

Also, the Linux Foundation didn't even exist at the time of the start of
the SCO "issues", so I don't know who you were talking to.

> The problem is two fold.  First the Foundation and Linus need standing
> in court cases where violations of the GPL2 were involved...if there was
> such need.  That is best established with assignment of the copyright,
> bit done through a contributor license agreement.

That is not true at all, and is not a best practice that I would
encourage any project to take.  In fact, I don't contribute to any such
project, and strongly recommend that no one else would do so either.

> I never claimed, BTW, that this was forced on everyone.  But I thought
> it was encouraged since the SCO battle.

Nope, again, didn't happen, isn't an issue, you own your own copyright
of any code you contribute to the kernel, end of story.


greg k-h

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