@fodder: Absolutely true. That's the thing that comes as a surprise to many. But the point I was trying to make was that you aren't required to work for nothing just because you use GPL.
And again, there's nothing that says you can't put your download area behind some sort of paywall. Not as effective as one of those paid "license key" arrangements (which you can't do under GPL) but it should secure some revenue stream. Or at least it should until your app hits somebody else's server. Or the torrents...
Musicians and writers live with that reality every day - and the message they're getting back from the general public seems to be: Get over it!
In the end, the people that are willing to pay (or otherwise contribute) will do so. And those people that don't simply won't. No surprises there.
I'm not going to harp on the issue of what's legal (or moral) and what's not. The jury is out on that one; the public is divided; our governments seem to be absolutely usless on the issue; and the media industry is it's own worse enemy when it comes to IP.
But one thing Is certain: the age of digital "everything" and the web has been an absolute bonanza for all the selfish and ungrateful individuals out there. Barely a day goes by without them reminding us of all the ways we
can make their lives
better for them
at our own personal expense.
Guess that's just "business as usual" when you're forced to work with primates.