This makes sense, thank you for clarifying the situation.
It’s a (very) long shot, but I wonder if it might be possible to offer to a few companies, at no charge, free GPL licenses that will terminate in 1 year unless extended. If the company doesn’t do anything bad, Damien could extend the license by another year. No large company will bother trying to do anything sneaky, since 1 year isn’t enough time to gain any benefits. And yet, 1 year is probably long enough that they would allow employees to use the software (as long as the GPL license to the given company isn’t terminated). And I am reasonably certain that any bad behavior by a large company will be immediately reported on this forum, by the employees of the culprit company.
It might be too much work though, I’m not sure…
If it is possible though, it might make many users happier, and hopefully also add more people who support Anki in various ways.