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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RE[2]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by Adurbe on Mon 1st Nov 2010 18:27 UTC in reply to "RE: the 'spirit' of gpl"
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

rather than arguing generalities, what specific area of the App Store terms of service do you think impedes these rights?

I am not a lawyer (in case you hadnt guessed) but my understanding is GPLv3 does not forbid DRM protections on content nor code outright. However it IS giving anyone permission to circumvent them

What I think is the relevant bit of the GPL

3. Protecting Users' Legal Rights From Anti-Circumvention Law.
No covered work shall be deemed part of an effective technological measure under any applicable law fulfilling obligations under article 11 of the WIPO copyright treaty adopted on 20 December 1996, or similar laws prohibiting or restricting circumvention of such measures.

When you convey a covered work, you waive any legal power to forbid circumvention of technological measures to the extent such circumvention is effected by exercising rights under this License with respect to the covered work, and you disclaim any intention to limit operation or modification of the work as a means of enforcing, against the work's users, your or third parties' legal rights to forbid circumvention of technological measures.

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RE[3]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 1st Nov 2010 18:32 in reply to "RE[2]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

rather than arguing generalities, what specific area of the App Store terms of service do you think impedes these rights?


Easy enough - if you had read the article, you would know already, as it's in one of the links.

Section 6:

Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the Program), the recipient automatically receives a license from the original licensor to copy, distribute or modify the Program subject to these terms and conditions. You may not impose any further restrictions on the recipients' exercise of the rights granted herein.


Do the math. Apple imposes restrictions on what you can do with the binary, through both technological measures (DRM) as well as through its ToS.

This isn't rocket science, people.

Edited 2010-11-01 18:33 UTC

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RE[4]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by Headrush on Mon 1st Nov 2010 18:59 in reply to "RE[3]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
Headrush Member since:
2006-01-03

Do the math. Apple imposes restrictions on what you can do with the binary, through both technological measures (DRM) as well as through its ToS.

This isn't rocket science, people.

Isn't the DRM more like a wrapper for inclusion in App Store. The VLC source+Cocoa additions can still be freely posted?

If the above is true can't any person easily take and modify said code as it would be freely available and an iOS developer membership for personal use is free also?

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