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Re: Why not contribute? (to GCC)


On 26/04/2010 04:30, Richard Kenner wrote:
>> Yes.  Specifically, they want to be able to enforce the GPL.  Since only the
>> copyright holder can license code to anyone, whether under GPL or whatever
>> terms, FSF has to hold the copyright, or it can't sue anyone who breaches the
>> GPL, and therefore cannot enforce it.
> 
> Unless I'm missing something, that argues that the FSF must have
> copyright to SOME of the code.  I don't see how having copyright for
> all of the code would be needed to do that.

  Well, if the FSF don't own all the code, they can only license the bits they
do own.  That would leave the rest of it vulnerable to predation, at least.

    cheers,
      DaveK


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