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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RE[3]: Not entirely accurate
by moltonel on Fri 18th Feb 2011 10:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not entirely accurate"
moltonel
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So Microsoft gets to choose between releasing the signing keys used in the Marketplace, and undermining their business model there... or disallowing software that can't legally be distributed through the Marketplace without violating the license.


There's a perfectly valid 3rd solution : let the marketplace distribute apps without DRM if the author wants to. That fixes the GPLv3 requirement for "disclosure of keys and methods". As for the other GPL requirements (source code, etc), they can be provided by the app itself.

But they're either too lazy to do the work, or too happy to hurt FOSS, or too intent on a fully-DRMed world in general.

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