In an interesting twist to the GPLv3 story, Richard Stallman has mentioned that Linus has no say in what happens to the Linux kernel, and that the kernel developers are the ones who will decide over the licence. According to Linux-watch, the developers are split over the point. Another interesting point made in the article is that the problem is not really about DRMs, as previously reported, but that the problem is about the provision of making private keys available, present in paragraph 1 of the draft.
I must say that I am a bit surprised by the statement. As far as I know, Linus owns the trade mark to Linux, and he also owns the copyright of the Linux kernel, even if there are plenty of developers who work on it. After all, the GPL can only work if someone owns the copyright. This would pose an interesting question, what if the majority of kernel developers decide to move to GPLv3, and Linus does not? He can impose his view as he owns the copyright. Would developers release their own GPLv3 kernel? Would some of them sue Linus because they have contributed to the kernel?
I do not like what is happening. In my opinion GPLv3 has made things worse by splitting the non-proprietary community.