Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th May 2010 22:57 UTC, submitted by Panajev
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Free Software Foundation is up in arms over Apple's iTunes Store Terms of Service, suggesting that these terms fundamentally conflict with the terms of the GNU Public License. The foundation has warned Apple that a version of GNU Go distributed by the App Store makes Apple liable to comply with GPL terms that allow free sharing of code, but warned that its 'Usage Rules' violate those terms. The fallout could potentially affect any app that uses GPLed code."
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Wow.
by ballmerlikesgoogle on Fri 28th May 2010 23:37 UTC
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2009-10-23

After reading some of the comments on the actual story, there appears to be a very strong disdain for the GPL.

I really wouldn't be surprised if Apple at some point bans any GPL-base coded software from the App-Store in the near future.

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RE: Wow.
by alcibiades on Mon 31st May 2010 09:06 in reply to "Wow."
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2005-10-12

The usual defense of Apple business practices is, its their stuff, if you don't like it, don't buy it. The defense of their stance on Psystar was, its their stuff, if Psystar wants to resell it, it has to comply with their license and do as they say.

What is being said here is, its a GPL license, if you don't like it, don't sell it.

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. The way it works is not that Apple gets to enforce its licenses on everyone else, but no-one gets to enforce their licenses on Apple. No, it don't work like that. They want to distribute something, they comply with the distribution clauses in the licenses.

All GPL apps should be removed from the App Store, which at the moment means removing them from iPhones. And if Apple wants to allow GPL apps to run on iPhones and iPads, well, it can always allow people to install them outside of the App Store.

Oh, it can't do that, can it? It conflicts with its business model? What a pity.

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