Is it possible to sue infringers under the GPL?

David Johnson arandir at
Fri Mar 10 03:54:12 UTC 2000

On Thu, 09 Mar 2000, John Cowan wrote:

> Not at all.  Copyright subsists solely with the creator, unless 1) the work
> is made for hire, or 2) the creator has made an exclusive transfer of
> copyright.  The latter *must* be in writing.  The FSF insists on such
> copyright transfer for all GNU-official stuff.

If someone sends me a patch with no notice of copyright in the patch, but an
attached email that says "here's a fix for your code", who does it belong to? I
assume that I can use it in my own code as if it were mine, no questions asked.

David Johnson...

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