Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Nov 2010 17:10 UTC
Apple Do you like VLC on your iPhone or iPad? You don't yet have it installed, but want to? Well, then you'd better be quick about it, as some VLC contributors are unhappy with the fact that VLC is distributed through Apple's App Store, violating the GPL the video player is licensed under. At least, that's what some think.
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Perhaps...
by philipsw on Mon 1st Nov 2010 17:37 UTC
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2009-07-27

... the author should dual license with a BSD-style license. The best of both worlds?

Unless of course he's using GPL'd code himself. In which case he probably shouldn't have knowingly published his app to the App Store in the first place.

Edited 2010-11-01 17:44 UTC

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RE: Perhaps...
by Valhalla on Mon 1st Nov 2010 17:46 in reply to "Perhaps..."
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

... the author should dual license with a BSD-style license. The best of both worlds?


Well, in this case it's not 'the author', there's a ton of contributors who would have to agree on dual licencing. Obviously GPL and App Store will clash since GPL is all about end user rights and the App Store (and Apple's whole mobile platform) is the exact opposite.

Also, this version of VLC was not submitted to the App Store by VLC devs but by a third party who chose to port and submit it.

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RE: Perhaps...
by Neolander on Mon 1st Nov 2010 17:48 in reply to "Perhaps..."
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2010-03-08

... the author should dual license with a BSD-style license. The best of both worlds?

Unless of course he's using GPL'd code himself. In which case he probably shouldn't have knowingly published his app to the App Store in the first place.

It's not the same guy who published the VLC app and filed the complaint. VLC for iOS is not made by VideoLAN but by a third-party called Applidium, though it's based on VLC's source code.

Edited 2010-11-01 17:52 UTC

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RE: Perhaps...
by orestes on Mon 1st Nov 2010 17:52 in reply to "Perhaps..."
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2005-07-06

This is why big projects like OpenOffice require copyright assignment for inclusion into the official tree. The author of VLC *couldn't* dual license it even if he wanted to because he very likely doesn't hold the rights to all the contributions in the tree.

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