Why not contribute? (to GCC)

Richard Kenner kenner@vlsi1.ultra.nyu.edu
Sat Apr 24 13:02:00 GMT 2010

> The university of Illinois is in the same legal position as the FSF
> and they probably have good lawyers too, so the terms are with almost
> certainty similar. Perhaps someone made a mistake during your process
> or they sent the wrong papers or whatever. But again, in this aspect
> there is not (or there should not be) any difference between the GCC
> and LLVM, except for the process itself, which I am starting to see
> that it is more problematic than I thought.

Actually, the University of Illinois is NOT in the same legal position
as the FSF and needs to be much MORE careful!  The FSF has no assets:
anybody suing it and winning will get a symbolic victory only, but no
real money.  Universities own a lot of buildings, to say nothing of
their endowment!  All of that would be a jeopardy if they messed up on
the handling of a patch.  That gives people much MORE incentive to sue
them than the FSF.

I haven't seen the documents from them, but I'd expect them to be even
stricter than those from the FSF since they have so much more at stake.

If somebody sues the FSF for $10M and wins, the FSF goes away, but no
money is lost.  If somebody sues a university for $10M and wins, they
get that money and the university loses it.

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