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: Please Explain
by JAlexoid on Sun 9th Jan 2011 06:40 UTC in reply to "Please Explain"
JAlexoid
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I read the article, can someone explain in simple point form what happened?


Some legalese licensing confusion happened and based on a lot of points Apple decided not to get mired in a GPL dispute. Apple just washed their hands of the whole thing and they did right.

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


Yau are allowed, it's further distribution through AppStore that is not.

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"!!!


Apple's iDevices and AppStore ToS has additional requirements and places additional constraints. Wondows and MacOSX do not. Simple as that. You can get VLC app for Windows or MacOSX by any means you like: download it from their web site, your friend can burn it onto a CD or give it on a Flash drive. In iOS the only way you, a user, can get an app is through AppStore(without jailbreaking).

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