|In reply to Comment 130 (Sammy Nordström):|
> Not everything has to be black or white, common sense and courtesy can and
> most oftenly do sort out these kind of conflicts quite well.
As I've already stated more than once, here and elsewhere, extra courtesy needs to be earned, it's not something that can be taken for granted. Moreover, Bernie did nothing but give a few examples of releases of GPL'd software that are or are not compliant with the GPL. Bernie himself said that he went to look for the good, and found the bad too. Why should he have left the bad off the list? Why should he have taken the burden of privately sending an email to the specific entity whilst all he wanted to do was participating to a discussion on an online forum?
You're just shooting the messenger here, face it.
> In a strict world, the
> entire AmigaOne and AmigaOS4 project would have been terminated now because
> Hyperion would have to spend the next few years paying off damages to the
> original author of UBoot.
That'd be something Hyperion would need to talk about with UBoot's copyright holders. It's not up to us to decide what have to be the consequences of a GPL infridgment, but we can enumerate what can potentially happen.
> In a bit more sensible world, this entire issue wouldn't have made it into the
> public eye in the first place.
It was already into the public eye, as the culprit software release was in the open, for anyone to see. All that happened is that someone talked about it. So what? You are basically proposing that if I see something wrong happening, that anyone can see, I should pretend I've not seen anything and move on? Be serious, please.