Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Feb 2011 20:33 UTC, submitted by Radio
Windows Well, well, well. We all know Apple's App Store policies are incompatible with the GPL, and as such, software using this license can't be distributed in the App Store. So, what about Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Marketplace? Well, whereas the App Store doesn't specifically mention the GPL (Apple's terms are simply incompatible), Microsoft drops the pretence and simply bans GPL and GPL-esque licenses outright.
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Solution?
by james_parker on Thu 17th Feb 2011 22:07 UTC
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Why not create a modified license which exempts those who distribute unmodified binaries, provided a mechanism exists for those who receive such binaries to locate and obtain the source code? Then, any binary which provides a way to find a URL for the upstream provider ("help" or "about" options are the logical place for these) could be included under such terms.

It's a legitimate issue for intermediaries (since it adds an additional cost/burden), but one which this would solve with little difficulty.

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