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]: No violation
by vivainio on Mon 1st Nov 2010 21:12 UTC in reply to "RE: No violation"
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26

Apple does what the part in bold forbids. How can I make this any clearer and simpler? Use my fcuking caps lock key?


It's not entirely clear to everybody. E.g. red hat provides srpms for rhel but doesn't allow you to distribute the binary rpms. It's a common view that as long as you provide source code and don't limit how the recipient uses that, you are compliant with the GPL.

So even if someone doesn't "get it", he's not completely clueless. Personally, I'm not sure I understand this nuance of GPL yet either.

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RE[3]: No violation
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 1st Nov 2010 21:19 in reply to "RE[2]: No violation"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

red hat provides srpms for rhel but doesn't allow you to distribute the binary rpms.


That's because of copyright on the trademarks and such, which is something else entirely.

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RE[4]: No violation
by vivainio on Mon 1st Nov 2010 21:27 in reply to "RE[3]: No violation"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

That's because of copyright on the trademarks and such, which is something else entirely.


So does it make it ok to not allow redistribution of the binary (and remain GPL compliant) when you use a trademark in the package name? If the submitter used his own company name, he was no longer obliged to ensure that binary can be freely distributed, right?

I'm inclined to think "Program" in the license means mostly the source code.

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