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[7]: No violation
by TechGeek on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 02:21 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: No violation"
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You're wrong. Its as simple as that. Apple is the distributor. Therefore they are subject to the GPL. Ubuntu becomes liable to the GPL when the distribute their distro. If they were to keep it totally in house, there would be no restrictions on what they could do with it. The GPL ONLY covers distribution.

And even IF you were right, then it would be Applidium violating the GPL, and they would be forced to remove it. Either way, the app should be removed due to Apple's restrictive terms.

As for the authors, as long as they are all in agreement, the GPL doesn't apply to them. They have the right to do what ever they want with their software.

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