Originally Posted by Gadget-Geek
I am going to start a foundation of my own, I'll call it the Space Driving Foundation, Or SDF for short. I will even legally copyright my foundations name. My foundation will grant licenses, Space drivers license or SDL for short. All you have to do is pay a small fee and follow my agreement, To drive in space. There are no laws against me doing so and until there are I can keep granting licenses. My agreement will read, I grant you a license to drive in space, If for any reason there becomes a real license to drive in space you will still be covered under the SDL provided by the Space Drivers Foundation. This is what the GPL is under the Free Software Foundation. A blanket license provided by someone with no legal authority because it's not illegal to grant someone a so called license to protect someone from nothing other than what a real law will provide them. It doesn't take an attorney to figure that out.
I think this is where your misunderstanding might be. The FSF wrote the GPL, but you can use the verbiage in it for your own software. So basically you have
(a) copyrighted the software, which gives you the right to restrict other people from copying it, and
(b) license other people using the software (using the legalese in the GPL) that allows them to use it if they comply with your licensing requirements (such as providing the source code to their modifications).
The only time the FSF would get involved with your software is if you contribute to Project GNU, in which case you assign the copyright to the FSF.