Obviously since the community released MLOD thread was closed there's been a consensus of opinion about exactly what it all means, so hopefully we can clarify things a little here.
Firstly it's important that people respect copyright. Generally, if someone wants to release or modify someone else's creations they should get permission first. To get more information in the specifics of copyright there's a good wiki link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright content permissions also ties into what we've been discussing in this thread here. Part of the MLOD issue was simply about copyright and permissions, there was no permission to "rip" open all of the officially released ArmA mods and then lay them bare for anyone to download from a public server for any use they like, we try to ensure that we make the appropriate things available as necessary so that the community can create addons and mods.
There has been a bit of concern since the events happened that we somehow want to stifle the addon/modding community that creates such amazing things to keep on adding to the lifespan of our games, that certainly is not the case and we would not want to in any way dampen the enthusiasm, passion and talent that you guys (and gals! ) exhibit on a daily basis, we know how important the community content creators are to our games and our community and we will certainly continue to support you now and in the future.
If it's unclear what is and what isn't allowed to do, it's always best to ask directly the creator of the original work (in this case BIS).
Finally we're looking into the released MLOD issue with the intention of protecting the best interests of the valuable gaming community. We will investigate the possible release of further MLODs officially, to counteract this unfortunate situation where BIS' copyrighted work was already released to the community and is apparently being further used to create custom content. The first ArmA MLOD sample models that were officially released can be found here