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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DRM isn't the root problem
by tomz on Sat 29th May 2010 00:55 UTC
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Member since:
2010-05-06

They aren't "up in arms" - the GPL was simply violated and they are pointing it out and doing so with less thunder than the RIAA or MPAA usually does. Or even Apple to someone like Pystar.

The GPL insists that you be able to run modified versions, that the source is available, etc.

Free as in Speech more than Free as in Beer.

If the DRM was such that you could run the UNMODIFIED version, it wouldn't clear up the problem.

For it to meet the GPLv2 or worse, v3 (which avoids TiVoization which would apply here), I need to have access to the source, be able to modify the code and be able to DISTRIBUTE and run that modified code on the device.

There are other subtleties, but Apple's agreement and the GPL (v2 or v3) are incompatible on several levels.

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RE: DRM isn't the root problem
by Vargol on Sat 29th May 2010 13:46 in reply to "DRM isn't the root problem"
Vargol Member since:
2006-02-28


For it to meet the GPLv2 or worse, v3 (which avoids TiVoization which would apply here), I need to have access to the source, be able to modify the code and be able to DISTRIBUTE and run that modified code on the device.


Assuming Robota Software, the app 'Authors', distributed the source you can do all of the above. Yes if you want to run it on the actual device you'd need to be in the iphone developers program and pay your $99 a year to Apple, but it is still compliant with the terms of the GPL if not the spirit. Certainly less of an issue than TiVoization.

As for Apple themselves needing to distribute the code, should I also be asking the DVD press company that Red Hat use for RHEL code or the store I bought if from ?

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RE: DRM isn't the root problem
by Almafeta on Sun 30th May 2010 04:27 in reply to "DRM isn't the root problem"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

They aren't "up in arms" - the GPL was simply violated and they are pointing it out and doing so with less thunder than the RIAA or MPAA usually does.


I wasn't aware the iPad's operating system and the network that distributes content to it were released under the GPL. Where can one find a copy?

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chris_l Member since:
2010-02-14

"They aren't "up in arms" - the GPL was simply violated and they are pointing it out and doing so with less thunder than the RIAA or MPAA usually does.


I wasn't aware the iPad's operating system and the network that distributes content to it were released under the GPL. Where can one find a copy?
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Apple's crap isn't released under the GPL. However Apple's claiming the right to impose restrictions upon things that doesn't fall under Apple's ownership without the obtaining permision of the actual owner does violate the GPL and a number other similar approaches.

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