How To Break The GPL - Copyright versus Contract

David Johnson arandir at
Fri Mar 10 03:50:22 UTC 2000

On Thu, 09 Mar 2000, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:

> I guess here it is a matter of asking the FSF whether they see themselves as
> having accomplished anything else, since when we employ the GPL we appear to
> be assigning copyright to the FSF.

Although members of GNU, and a few other people, assign their copyrights to the
FSF, the GPL does not require, or even ask for, this. The vast majority of GPLd
software retains the authors copyright.

David Johnson...

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