[oclug] Key Signing Parties.
rjordan at student.math.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Jul 7 11:54:09 EDT 2003
> Now, I do sign messages that go to certain mailing lists because it has
> been the case that mail has gone out to these lists under my name with
> the intent to harm me. The sole purpose of that is so that if such a
> situation occurs again, I can prove that the post was not from me.
How can you *prove* the post is not from you? Just because the post is
either unsigned, or signed with a key that you don't "officially" own
doesn't mean you didn't write it. It might suggest something fishy is
going on -- but I don't see how you could prove that you didn't write
> key is on a key server so people can verify it for themselves, if they
> wish, but I really don't care what they do. Also, if such a situation
> does involve litigation, I'm the one going to get the millions of
> dollars in damages, so it's important that to be able to prove that the
> message is a forgery. Having it signed by a million other people doesn't
> prove anything.
I'm doubtful this would hold up in court.
"Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you
give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name
of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord Of the Rings, Book Four, Chapter One
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