I wish I understood the passion that exists on the part of those who are upset at not receiving the GPL from DIRECTV. I wish I had this passion for anything else that others seem to have for a document ...
Personally, as a sometime developer I have been helped immensely by the GPL - because it made further developments possible. We're discussing this on a board that is a Linux server running Apache, PHP and presumably MySQL.
This is not because they are free as in beer, which, for instance, vBulletin is not. This is because over the past 15 some-odd years developers have contributed massive amounts of time refining these things because they knew that others would not be exclusively profiting off of their efforts, but rather they would be providing a service that they themselves have benefited from in the past. Paying it forward, of sorts.
Because not only are they giving away their own work, they are doing so in the knowledge that anyone who uses their work to create a further work will be required to give it away as well. And when it is all done, the result will be something greater than anything any one of them could have done themselves - all because of the guarantees that open source licensing makes.
While I have done nothing to contribute to Linux (other than helping some on Linux boards and the like), my business uses LAMP to create websites and I am able to make a living offering my services using open source tools. This is only possible because of the work of others, and I am deeply in debt to them - and as such, I am willing to fight for them if their wishes and the terms under which they donated their work are being ignored.
That mouthful being said - I still have no idea if that is happening here - and likely will not know at any time in the near future. So, it's merely idle speculation - but isn't that what almost all of the threads in the Cutting Edge forum and predictions about what channels are going to be added all about?