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[3]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by lemur2 on Mon 1st Nov 2010 23:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
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What right have you lost by it being included on the store?

I appreciate Apple's store in unpopular in certain quarters, for a host of reasons, but I genuinely dont see where its restrictions are relevant to the aims of GPL licence.


It is relevant because there are restrictions which aren't in the GPL license.

The code doesn't belong to the App Store.

The only way that the App Store has required-by-law permission to distribute the code (that isn't theirs) is to abide by the GPL license. That means adding no extra restrictions (whatever they are). None at all. As soon as the App Store adds extra restrictions, they violate the terms of the GPL, and as a consequence they have no permission to distribute the code.

Distributing someone else's code without permission is a violation of copyright law.

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