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[7]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by Adurbe on Mon 1st Nov 2010 19:55 UTC 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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RE[9]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by MattPie on Mon 1st Nov 2010 20:48 in reply to "RE[8]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
MattPie Member since:
2006-04-18

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?

The license states that you have to be able to redistribute the binary to anyone you want. If you can show me how to do this with an iPhone, you're right.

What if the app costs $1 and wasn't free? The same principle stands: the GPL says you cannot limit redistribution of the binary, but the AppStore does limit distribution the cost is irrelevant.

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