> > He says illegal, but I don't believe licensing issues constitute a crime (that is the > kind of stuff that the police turn up for, not the stuff where one party sues > another).
You're right that license violations would generally be handled as a civil matter rather than a criminal one. I'd have thought you could still use the word 'illegal' to reference this, but maybe I'm wrong.
At least in the USA, there are criminal penalties for copyright infringement. These are sometimes enforced for piracy. It would be exceedingly unlikely for these to be enforced for distributing code without the proper license, but I imagine it would be technically possible under the letter of the law.