"One of the big issues of free software during 2001 was
whether Richard M Stallman was for or against a codified GNU GPL.
Hence, did Stallman --the father of Free Software -- propagate a
law to support his beliefs? Tim O'Reilly tried to press the issue
in a couple of articles (see related links at the bottom of the
story) and seemed convinced that Stallman and his Free Software
Foundation colleague Bradley Kuhn were for GNU GPL legislation.
O'Reilly suggested a system where developers themselves choose the
rules under which they release software, not very much different
from the system in effect today.
Eric S Raymond wrote a satire to prove how wrong Stallman and
Kuhn would be to suggest a GNU GPL law. Raymond posed Stallman and
Kuhn the question whether if they could get a law passed making
proprietary licenses illegal, would they? Stallman and Kuhn
slightly tilted toward the legislative point of view, but never
gave a straight answer whether they were for or against a codified
GNU GPL. Stallman and Kuhn wrote: "We believe, though, that with
time, as more and more users realize that code is law, and come to
feel that they too deserve freedom, they will see the importance of
the freedoms we stand for -- just as more and more users have come
to appreciate the practical value of the free software we have