I did. I don't understand what you aren't getting here. AllWinner violated the GPL. They have, as yet, not done anything to fix that. This "sin" is still on them (the "sin" not literally being against divinity but the philosophy of the FOSS movement). Therefore, technically speaking, everything they produce is still tainted with that sin. My mistake. Let me ask though, has IBM ever violated the GPL for which they haven't been "punished" or otherwise made it back somehow? If not then it's a completely different scenario. And if they have, then that just further proves the point about how important it is to act otherwise, 'cause I certainly didn't know, and odds are a lot of people that actually care might not as well. Again, I said it was an extreme example, almost hyperbolic. I wouldn't think that. If I refuse the money but the assassin goes off to continue killing people then it has nothing to do with me. That's not the point. The point here is that the money was obtained by dubious means and I, as a charity, need to decide whether I'm ok with that or not. I can't pretend that the money is entirely clean. The fact that the assassin will just donate the money elsewhere and refusal won't change anything could sway that decision, but it's still tainted money. Well yes, like you say, some marginal amount. I see what you're getting at though, I'm likely over emphasizing the impact it had. I thought it'd be a short-cut explanation that would make the most sense. Subtracting out the money aspect, however, it still stands: AllWinner violated the GPL and it would be imprudent to act as if anything they produce is entirely guiltless in that.