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[3]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 1st Nov 2010 18:32 UTC 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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RE[5]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 1st Nov 2010 19:01 in reply to "RE[4]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It's not about the code. It's about the binary.

Apple gives you a binary but they do not allow you to do what you want with said binary. They place restrictions through DRM and their ToS. This violates the GPL of said binary.

Again - this is so straightforward I'm feeling I'm wasting my time repeating myself.

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RE[5]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by _txf_ on Mon 1st Nov 2010 19:10 in reply to "RE[4]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

However DRM is modifying the binary. For this to pass the gpl one would need the source of the drm and of the binary. If the app was published as the binary of just the source then there would be no problem

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