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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RE[6]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by Headrush on Mon 1st Nov 2010 21:00 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
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Violates the GPL of said binary.

Again - this is so straightforward I'm feeling I'm wasting my time repeating myself.

For you it might be straight forward but for us that don't study the GPL it isn't and we appreciate clarification.
(I'm sure someone will just say read it, but reading it isn't always clear or understandable for all of us.)

I never knew about the binary aspect and like many might assume that if the source for the entire source including the Cocoa parts was made available, how as end users we are being hurt by DRM additions that appear to add nothing more than making it available on an iPhone.

If someone wants to modify the binary on app store then can compile themselves and re-add to app store or install locally.

So I think like me many might see this as a possible collision between the intent of GPL and the exact law of GPL. (if that makes sense)

Guess we'll have to turn VLC into a web app for iPhone. ;)

Edited 2010-11-01 21:09 UTC

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