"Timothy R. Butler: IBM announced this week
that part of its countersuit against SCO is based on SCO's
violation of the GPL (by distributing the GPL'ed Linux kernel while
demanding licensing fees for it). What are your thoughts on
"Richard M. Stallman: I have not thought about
it very specifically because I have not seen the details of their
claims. My general feeling is that I'm glad IBM has found a way to
"TRB: Does the fact that, as is often pointed
out, the GPL has not yet been tested in court concern you?
"RMS: No wise person looks forward to a major
battle, even if he expects to win it. Rather than being concerned
that we have not yet tested the GPL in court, I'm encouraged by the
fact that we have been successful for years in enforcing the GPL
without needing to go to court. Many companies have looked at the
odds and decided not to gamble on overturning the GPL. That's not
the same as proof, but it is reassuring..."