Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 8th Jan 2011 19:28 UTC, submitted by sjvn
GNU, GPL, Open Source Some people swore to me that just because the free-software General Public License (GPL) clashes with the Apple App Store's Terms of Service (ToS), didn't mean that Apple would actually pull down GPLed apps. Well, Apple just did. Remi Denis-Courmont, a Linux developer of the popular VLC media player, has just announced that Apple had pulled the popular GPLed VLC media player from its App Store.
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RE: That isn't quite right
by tetek on Sat 8th Jan 2011 21:28 UTC in reply to "That isn't quite right"
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2010-10-04

Yeah, I hope they are happy. GPL lawyers/prosecutors are.

So situation looks like this:
- few of open source advocates says "it's all apple fault cause they didn't change the TOS"
- apple won't change TOS just for few apps
- common people can't use VLC on iDevices

I think that the main lost is for "The People" - average Joe.
It should not work like this. I'm pretty sure that creator(s) of GPL hadn't this in mind when they wanted to create a free software for everyone.

In this case a company ported for free a free software. No one had any $ from it. You could download a source code. No one was being hurt... Everybody benefit from it.

I thought that Open Source was about freedom of software and that open source software was FOR people. Not the other way. GPL shoudn't be used as muzzle.
Above the law there is always common good. It should be. Especially that the case was just to put the foot down.

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