I posted this on the original article comment thread, and wanted to repost here for completeness.
"Hi Everyone -
My name is Jason Warner and I'm the new Ubuntu desktop manager at Canonical. While I wasn't party to the particular discussions, I thought I would jump in and give my thoughts. It might be hard to field any follow-ups via a comment section so if anyone wants to comment off-line, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Others in the thread touched on many of the points, so bear with me if there is some repetition.
Revenue sharing deals are common in software and Canonical has a history of cordially participating in mutually beneficial relationships with upstreams. While some may not like the exact parameters of the relationship, those parameters are really between Canonical and the various partners. Just like any relationship, there will be give and take and as long as everyone maturely approaches the situation, mutually beneficial arrangements usually evolve.
Canonical has always had the business model of selling services in and around Ubuntu, and this was an example where a win/win situation could be created with the upstream. This was the driving force behind the discussions with the Banshee team. Based on response from the Banshee team on multiple accounts across different sites, it seems me they feel that Canonical approached them in good faith, and there was no hard feelings between the actual parties involved.
Again, if anyone wants to comment off-line, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. "