I don't buy that argument
Posted Oct 2, 2006 21:57 UTC (Mon) by dlang
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In reply to: Busy busy busybox
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
as soon as the FSF owns copyright on a portion of the project they can sue anyone who steals the project.
now if someone only steals a few lines of code and they don't have copyright on those lines they can't, that's true.
however, I've never heard of anyone sueing based on the GPL in such a case. every case I've heard about the offenders took the entire GPL program and used it. In this case you don't have to have copyright on every line to sue (the very sucessful gpl-violations team have been demonstrating this with the linux kernel and it's lack of copyright assignment)
all the FSF would have to do to be able to sue is to stay involved with the project so that as the project changes over time they would still be involved.
the only reason to require the copyright of every line of code is to have the legal right to change the license of that code.
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