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Re: Author name in copyright notice



On Sun, 24 Feb 2008 13:04:17 +0100 David Paleino wrote:

[...]
> I contacted upstream to know his real name, in order to put it in
> debian/copyright, but he wishes to be known as "Master Kernel" (that is the
> name provided in the sources). Is that possible?

To the best of my knowledge, yes, that's definitely possible.
Copyright law allows authors to publish pseudonymous (or even
anonymous) works, and get copyright "protection" nonetheless.

See Article 7, paragraph (3) of the Berne Convention:
http://wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/berne/trtdocs_wo001.html#P127_22000
See § 302, subsection (c) of the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, USC):
http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap3.html#302
See also art. 27 of the Legge 22 aprile 1941 n. 633 (Italian Author's
Right Law):
http://www.interlex.it/testi/l41_633.htm#27

[...]
> I believe that the copyright notice should carry the real name of the author,
> shouldn't it?

I don't think so.

My usual disclaimers: IANAL, TINLA, IANADD, TINASOTODP.

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