Linux GPL becomes unenforcable?

From: Matthias Urlichs
Date: Wed Feb 01 2012 - 02:39:24 EST

Yesterday I chatted with a lawyer friend of mine, prompted by blog posts like .

Basically, she said that it's becoming more and more likely that the kernel GPL
will not be enforceable in the not-too-distant-future, simply because nobody is
doing it right now.

Disclaimer: He was not on retainer, at least not by me, so this should not be
construed as a legal fact. (But she convinced me.)

So what to do? Do we just admit defeat? Or will a few of the major contributors
allow the SFLC <> to intercede?

Personally I'm very unhappy that [censored] companies like Sony try to prevent
my burning a copy of their DVD -- there's no other way to skip the eternity of
unrelated bulls*it -- yet they openly solicit co-authors for a Busybox
replacement. Because *that* copyleft *is* enforced.

Sorry, but I want our kernel to stay free. And I want that kind of double
standard to stop.

I'm going to contact them today, but the one module I wrote isn't likely to be
included in any of these devices. So would a couple of people whose contribution
*is* relevant please step forward?

-- Matthias Urlichs

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