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 Headrush on Mon 1st Nov 2010 21:00 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
Headrush
Member since:
2006-01-03

Violates the GPL of said binary.

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

For you it might be straight forward but for us that don't study the GPL it isn't and we appreciate clarification.
(I'm sure someone will just say read it, but reading it isn't always clear or understandable for all of us.)

I never knew about the binary aspect and like many might assume that if the source for the entire source including the Cocoa parts was made available, how as end users we are being hurt by DRM additions that appear to add nothing more than making it available on an iPhone.

If someone wants to modify the binary on app store then can compile themselves and re-add to app store or install locally.

So I think like me many might see this as a possible collision between the intent of GPL and the exact law of GPL. (if that makes sense)

Guess we'll have to turn VLC into a web app for iPhone. ;)

Edited 2010-11-01 21:09 UTC

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RE[7]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 1st Nov 2010 21:07 in reply to "RE[6]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yes, but I pointed it out in the article, and like 5 times in this comment thread alone. At some point, even I lost my patience.

And I'm usually quite lovable. Want a ponyride and a hug*?

*Offer not applicable if applicant is male and/or under 18. ID required.

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RE[8]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by Headrush on Mon 1st Nov 2010 21:10 in reply to "RE[7]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
Headrush Member since:
2006-01-03

*Offer not applicable if applicant is male and/or under 18. ID required.

Damn.

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RE[8]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by UglyKidBill on Mon 1st Nov 2010 23:19 in reply to "RE[7]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
UglyKidBill Member since:
2005-07-27

...
And I'm usually quite lovable. Want a ponyride and a hug*?

*Offer not applicable if applicant is male and/or under 18. ID required.

ooohhh, c'mon... but I just wanted one!!
Why donĀ“t you just GPL'em and let us all have fun ;)
....

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RE[7]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by FrankenFuss on Mon 1st Nov 2010 21:10 in reply to "RE[6]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
FrankenFuss Member since:
2009-08-05

This is all very amusing. If the creators of VLC want to make a point, they are certainly welcome to do so. Apple will just drop the app from the App store where it will soon be forgotten by the users. Besides, it's not that great of an app on the iPad/iPhone platform.

End of story.

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RE[8]: the 'spirit' of gpl
by vivainio on Mon 1st Nov 2010 21:22 in reply to "RE[7]: the 'spirit' of gpl"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

This is all very amusing. If the creators of VLC want to make a point, they are certainly welcome to do so. Apple will just drop the app from the App store where it will soon be forgotten by the users.


Exactly.

Besides, didn't we have the same discussions about "Go" game in App store as well, and the app was just dropped from app store? Is Apple's memory too short to actually check the license of the application that is submitted? If GPL was not ok then, it's not going to be ok now.

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