Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Nov 2010 17:10 UTC
Apple Do you like VLC on your iPhone or iPad? You don't yet have it installed, but want to? Well, then you'd better be quick about it, as some VLC contributors are unhappy with the fact that VLC is distributed through Apple's App Store, violating the GPL the video player is licensed under. At least, that's what some think.
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the 'spirit' of gpl
by Adurbe on Mon 1st Nov 2010 18:01 UTC
Adurbe
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2005-07-06

I have no problem with the port being included.

According to the gnu.org site GPL explained as this;

Nobody should be restricted by the software they use. There are four freedoms that every user should have:

the freedom to use the software for any purpose,
the freedom to change the software to suit your needs,
the freedom to share the software with your friends and neighbors, and
the freedom to share the changes you make.



I dont think these freedoms are lost by it being on the App Store when the source is available. If the 'legality' of the licence doesnt allow this means of distribution, I would argue its the Licence that is wrong and needs updating.

No licence/law is perfect, it needs to adapt to ensure its goals are upheld in a changing world.

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