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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RE: The questions should be...
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 29th May 2010 00:32 UTC in reply to "The questions should be..."
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

By violating the GPL, Apple is comitting a copyright violation (by violating the GPL, you lose the right to freely distribute the code and binary). I prefer MIT/BSD licenses and dislike the GPL, but Apple must abide by the GPL - if not, they'll have to face legal action.

And that's a case Apple will lose with 100% certainty. Every time the GPL ended up in court, it held up, no matter the jurisdiction.

Edited 2010-05-29 00:34 UTC

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cycoj Member since:
2007-11-04

By violating the GPL, Apple is comitting a copyright violation (by violating the GPL, you lose the right to freely distribute the code and binary). I prefer MIT/BSD licenses and dislike the GPL, but Apple must abide by the GPL - if not, they'll have to face legal action.


It's interesting you're not a developer so you're not interested in taking a open source product and making it into a closed source product, yet you prefer the license which ensures that you as a user will have more rights. So from what I can tell when prefer BSD over GPL it's purely political, but it's the proponents of the GPL who are always accused of politicising.

Frankly I can't understand why some people have this strong fundamental opposition to the GPL (I'm not saying that you do). If somebody donates something they ask for something in return, i.e. that the money(...) is spend to "do good" (whatever that means to the donor). That is considered perfectly ok, I'd argue very few people would donate money to profit organisations just so they can increase their profit. However if someone creates a software and asks in return that the software (that persons work) remains free (as in speech) then suddenly a lot of people find that offensive.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I do not find the GPL offensive at all - I didn't say anything like that. All I'm saying is that I prefer BSD-style licenses because they cause the minimum amount of fuss. I also happen to believe in choice, and part of that belief is tat closed source companies can use your code too.

However, that is entirely a personal choice.

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