How to report violations to the GPL

In the FTF, we receive all sort of complaints about violations of the GNU GPL and various other licenses. It takes quite a long to the people responding to those inquiries to get everything in good place to properly take actions, whatever this be. The same happens at GPL Violations. In a common effort to simplify the reporting of violations, the FTF and GPL Violations have published a guide that should be the first point of reference for all those who spot problems and try to help.

Here is an excerpt of the press release:

FSFE's Freedom Task Force (FTF) and today released a guide to reporting and fixing licence compliance issues.
This guide will help users and developers to deal with license violation reports. It explains how to make a report, what information is useful to include, and offers suggestions for how projects or businesses can deal with reports once they are received.
The guide is released as part of the strategic partnership between the FTF and, who work together to improve licensing awareness and compliance in Europe. It is located on the new FTF website,, along with information on how projects and businesses can get help with understanding Free Software licences. Translations into several European languages will be made available during coming weeks from the FTF website.
“The best way to solve compliance issues is to prevent them happening in the first place”, says Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator. “We work to support this by educating the community at large. When problems do occur, we want people to be able to share information and resolve them effectively.”

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