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]: No worries
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 00:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: No worries"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Please, you're just embarassing yourself now. It's clear you do not understand the GPL one bit. Access to the source code is not the ONLY requirement for redistribution. Another requirement, as has been pointed out 7472846657838364 times in this thread alone, is that no additional restrictions may be placed upon the application, yet, this is exactly what Apple does, e.g. by limiting it to only five devices.

Ergo, Apple, as distributor, is violating the GPL.

This is GPL 101.

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v RE[4]: No worries
by fewt on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 00:46 in reply to "RE[3]: No worries"
RE[5]: No worries
by apoclypse on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 01:29 in reply to "RE[4]: No worries"
apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

Thom is so blinded by his Apple hate that he doesn't really realize that this will affect other app stores as well, like Android's market place. If you want a real article without someone looking down their nose at you check out ars take on it. They actually do some real insightful analysis about the situation.

Frankly, I'm about done with this site. At this point I feel like Thom is trying to get hits by being a douche.

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RE[5]: No worries
by Valhalla on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 01:39 in reply to "RE[4]: No worries"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24



No You!:
http://www.fsf.org/news/blogs/licensing/more-about-the-app-store-gp...

Excerpt from this link (emphasis mine):

-'Along the same lines, we'll be talking about GPLv2 specifically in this blog post, since that's the license at issue, but this analysis would apply to all versions of the GNU GPL and AGPL. Section 6 of GPLv2 says:

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.

(Emphasis added.) This last sentence is a crucial part of the strong copyleft in the GPL and AGPL: it prevents distributors from using separate legal agreements, like Terms of Service or NDAs, to take away the freedoms that the license is supposed to grant. This is the license condition that Apple is violating when it distributes GPL-covered software through the App Store.'

So yes, Thom was right.

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