Here's a great example of why I hate the GPL:
[Ebay Item Listing Link]
If that link is broken, just search on Ebay for Microsoft Office and you are bound to run into dozens of items listed actually selling OpenOffice (free, OpenSource, basic "office" package). Now, mind you, I'm not against "selling free software" in all cases because, afterall, CDs cost money to burn, but selling a download link where the proceeds clearly are not going to the person paying bandwidth bills? The download link is FREELY ("as in beer" as the kids say) and EASILY found on the google!
These jerks on Ebay are CLEARLY exploiting those that are looking specifically for good deals on Microsoft Office (it shows up in a "Microsoft Office" search afterall because of a clever title) and see this item and think, "wow, great, where do I sign up?" What these poor consumers don't realize is that they are being swindled out of a few bucks.
This seller is NOT selling a CD burned with OpenOffice (for which $4-5 is fair). He/she is selling a download link -- the thing you find in two seconds on the google! The problem is the target consumers are not particularly savvy and don't KNOW they can find this application for free with a simple search.
Now this example of $4 is not the most egregious offense. I've actually seen completed items going for up to $80 on Ebay. Unfortunately, Ebay has purged the history that far back (this was a couple months ago when somebody emailed me the completed listing). It seems "competition" has forced the link prices to go down since other jackasses have now thought it's a good way to make an easy buck off some poor unsavvy chaps. Jerks. And, no, market pressure didn't resolve this. Four dollars is still too much to pay for something that is free. Especially when all you are selling is the knowledge of the link to download it! Remember that the authors and distributors of OpenOffice are not being compensated here.
And this crap is all perfectly legal under the terms of the GPL. So it's not Ebay's fault.
Good job, FSF. Software freedom is on the march.