Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 27, 2003 02:10 AM
Linus could NOT go and change the license on Linux, as he is not the single copyright owner, and he has repeatedly said so. Such a change would require consent from each and every contributor to the kernel, thousands of people who contributed even a small patch. Do you think you could find them all nowadays? There are plenty who have moved on to other stuff, or, like the late Leonard Zubkoff (RIP), are simply unavailable.
So now you know why the FSF wants to keep the number of copyright owners to a minimum.
Also, there is no such thing as a "name copyright". Trademarks are an entirely different kind of beast from copyright. The Linux trademark is handled by the Linux Mark Institute, or somesuch, IIRC.