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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No worries
by TADS on Mon 1st Nov 2010 18:07 UTC
TADS
Member since:
2010-11-01

No worries, even if Apple pulls VLC from the app store, the developers can just distribute it from their own site.

After all, why should users suffer the loss of a kick ass, useful, application just because of some inconsequential[1] licensing terms?

Just check the box stating that you're a consenting adult willing to install non-app store applications and... oh... wait.


[1] In this case the spirit of the GPL is, I believe, upheld. The source code is available and you can get to it from the application itself.

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RE: No worries
by shmerl on Mon 1st Nov 2010 18:37 in reply to "No worries"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

> even if Apple pulls VLC from the app store, the
> developers can just distribute it from their own site.

They did it from the beginning:
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-ios.html

I'm not sure why app store problems are equated with unavailability of the program itself for end users. There is no need to rush anywhere.

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RE: No worries
by lemur2 on Mon 1st Nov 2010 23:41 in reply to "No worries"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

In this case the spirit of the GPL is, I believe, upheld. The source code is available and you can get to it from the application itself.


No it isn't.

The spirit of the GPL license is that when one party (e.g. the App Store) receives the code under GPL terms, if that party wishes to re-distribute the code (as is the very function of the App Store), then downstream recipients must receive the code under the exact same terms and conditions that the first party received it under.

This is only fair, after all. The same rights for everyone, even if they happen to be iPhone or iPad users.

No added restrictions, no extra ifs, buts or maybes.

If the App Store is unable to pass the code on to downstream recipients under the exact same terms and conditions as the App Store received the code, then under the license for that code the App Store has NO permission to pass it on at all.

Under copyright law, a party is required to get permission (in the form of a license) in order to pass on code to downstream recipients. The App Store doesn't have that permission, it has no license.

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RE[2]: No worries
by fewt on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 00:24 in reply to "RE: No worries"
fewt Member since:
2010-06-09

"In this case the spirit of the GPL is, I believe, upheld. The source code is available and you can get to it from the application itself.


No it isn't.

The spirit of the GPL license is that when one party (e.g. the App Store) receives the code under GPL terms, if that party wishes to re-distribute the code (as is the very function of the App Store), then downstream recipients must receive the code under the exact same terms and conditions that the first party received it under.

This is only fair, after all. The same rights for everyone, even if they happen to be iPhone or iPad users.

No added restrictions, no extra ifs, buts or maybes.

If the App Store is unable to pass the code on to downstream recipients under the exact same terms and conditions as the App Store received the code, then under the license for that code the App Store has NO permission to pass it on at all.

Under copyright law, a party is required to get permission (in the form of a license) in order to pass on code to downstream recipients. The App Store doesn't have that permission, it has no license.
"

The source code is available, so per GPL v2, all of the conditions for redistribution have been met.

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