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[11]: No worries
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 12:42 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: No worries"
Thom_Holwerda
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It really doesn't say anything other than that he is glad that they are attempting to enforce the GPL against Apple. It doesn't provide any insight into the issue what-so-ever. I'm sure he said the same thing to whomever discovered the Tivo issue also.


He states he is glad the GPL is being enforced in the VLC issue. Why would he say that if he believed the GPL was not violated?

Here is an interview with RMS describing how GPL v3 is necessary to eliminate companies from applying DRM to GPL software (which implies awareness of a loophole allowing it).


Sigh.

This isn't about Tivoization. It's not even about DRM alone. It's about IMPOSING ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS, something which the GPLv2 CLEARLY FORBIDS. It boggles the mind how you just refuse to see what's right in front of you. Let me spell it out ONE MORE TIME, in caveman talk.

VLC GPLv2.

GPLv2 no additional restrictions.

Apple additional restrictions.

GPL violated.

RMS, FSF, VLC developers agree.

End of story.

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