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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Please Explain
by John Blink on Sun 9th Jan 2011 01:54 UTC
John Blink
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2005-10-11

I read the article, can someone explain in simple point form what happened?

Also am I legally allowed to continue to use Applidium's VLC on my phone?

Please ignore what I write below, no need to answer it. Just a rant. But please answer my question above, I would liked to understand what has happened here.

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I am "the people" who likes to use free software, and I am at a disadvantage here.

Also my rant below is created from my lack of knowledge on the GPL / Apple ToS matter,

quote "...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"

Yes of course the evil corp. pulled the app not a developer. Thus we conclude Apple doesn't like GPL.

Also who cares what apple's ToS says?! I have seen GPL'd applications in most versions of Windows! and OSX. Quick remove them! Lets not enhance the peoples user experience with our free apps, but lets keep them for ourselves, but yeah they're "free"!!!

It is free, give it to me. Keeping the program away from me would break GPL, would it not? (again I have no idea what the GPL says).

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