OMG OMG OMG, what a lot of crazy over-reaction and panic!
Please ignore the FUD that the post title suggests - the splash screen is NOT “mandatory”!
It’s a new, additional option that some users may want to choose.
Up until now, if you didn’t want to use the GPL and you didn’t want to pay the license fee, then you simply couldn’t release a closed-source product with JUCE.
This just provides a new option that lets people do that. It does not replace or affect the GPL in any way. A GPL app does not need a splash screen, and it’s easy to disable it. And anyone who’s already a paying licensee won’t be affected by this at all.
But we get many emails from people who want to launch a closed-source product but have no budget, and this is a way for them to do that.
The rest of you, calm down and carry on!