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[6]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by Adurbe on Mon 1st Nov 2010 19:43 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

Sometimes us simple folk need things pointing out ;)
I am not TRYING to be obtuse (sorry if you think I am btw) I am just finding it hard to distinguish between say, the Apple App Store and the Android Market place, or any system capable of selling* GPL apps and how these stores have removed a right granted by the GPL.

* when i say selling, the cost may be 0 but the software is 'bought' through a store front

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RE[7]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by Adurbe on Mon 1st Nov 2010 19:55 in reply to "RE[6]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

I will answer myself

One restriction is the ability to install only on a limited number of devices.

This is a purchase restriction which Does go against the GPL granted rights. The GPL licence then does give you the right to circumvent that restriction in order to meet the GPL.

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RE[8]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by fewt on Mon 1st Nov 2010 20:05 in reply to "RE[7]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
fewt Member since:
2010-06-09

How is that the case when the software is free in the app store and it installed to every one of my devices that I sync'ed?

This is not a real limitation.

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