conducting a sane and efficient GPLv3, LGPLv3 Review
matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Fri Aug 3 16:14:47 UTC 2007
Alexander Terekhov wrote:
> 3) Pigs will fly before the Free Software Foundation ever files to
> enforce the mighty "pure" GPL in court.
You are certainly right that the FSF is reluctant to enforce the GPL in
court; that's because lawsuits are very costly for both parties. But in
using the Linux kernel as an example, you've made a big mistake. The
FSF is not a copyright holder for any part of the kernel; this means
they can't enforce the GPL on that work. However, they have
successfully enforced the GPL out of court for every work they hold
copyright on. I don't think you could name an ongoing infringement for
an FSF work.
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