conducting a sane and efficient GPLv3, LGPLv3 Review

Alexander Terekhov alexander.terekhov at
Fri Aug 3 17:02:44 UTC 2007

On 8/3/07, Matthew Flaschen <matthew.flaschen at> wrote:
> 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

Eh? Eben says

"whose copyright the Foundation holds-including all of IBM's
modifications to the kernel for use with IBM's S/390 mainframe
computers, assigned to the Foundation by IBM"

If that's not enough, just let Welte know about the problem - I
suspect he is already fed up with getting funny judgments out of
German district courts and will gladly assign his kernel stuff to the
FSF for U.S. enforcement. :-)


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