Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 26, 2003 10:40 PM
The FSF generally wants major packages to have a small number of copyright holders. This makes it much easier to enforce the GPL in court.
Basically, if you assign your copyrights to the FSF, they'll politely--but firmly--hassle anyone who violates the GPL. The FSF signs a contract with you, requiring them to always distribute your code under a free license, and you can always get back full redistribution rights for your code.
It's an excellent deal for anyone who wants their license enforced without paying $500/hour for a lawyer.