conducting a sane and efficient GPLv3, LGPLv3 Review

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
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.

Matt Flaschen

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