|For those of you defending the GPL, here's a quote from the OFFICIAL FAQ telling you *what to do* if you discover a possible violation:|
"What should I do if I discover a possible violation of the GPL?
You should report it. First, check the facts as best you can. Then tell the publisher or copyright holder of the specific GPL-covered program. If that is the Free Software Foundation, write to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Otherwise, the program's maintainer may be the copyright holder, or else could tell you how to contact the copyright holder, so report it to the maintainer."
I've read that a lot of times, but even if I stand on my head, hold my breath and close one eye I still can't get it to read "make a public thread in some forum like ANN". So, either you do it the *right way* according to the FAQ, or you don't do it at all, period.
This is also interesting:
"Once you have collected the details, you should send a precise report to the copyright holder of the packages that are being misused. The copyright holder is the one who is legally authorized to take action to enforce the license."
So, as the copyright holder is the *one who is legally authorized to take action to enforce the license* what all you GPL defenders do here is more or less a crime as you have *no* legal rights to take *any* actions to enforce the license unless you are the copyright holder.
And more (from the FAQ, link above):
"What constitutes combining two parts into one program? This is a legal question, which ultimately judges will decide."
So, unless you are a judge, and someone authorized (i.e. the copyright holder) have taken it to your court, you don't have any *legal rights* to rule someone right or wrong when it comes to using GPL code together with a closed source program. More importantly, in many countries, unless you have a special permission (some news sites may get it), you are (few exceptions permitting) *not* allowed to state the name of *any* individual on a website unless they have given you permission to do so.
So, someone may have violated the GPL, but I just don't see how breaking the law and not obeying by the GPL FAQ in so many ways as is regularely done here could in any way be considerd a rightful thing to do. If you want to defend the GPL, please do so, but atleast do it right, ok?