Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 8th Jan 2011 19:28 UTC, submitted by sjvn
GNU, GPL, Open Source Some people swore to me that just because the free-software General Public License (GPL) clashes with the Apple App Store's Terms of Service (ToS), didn't mean that Apple would actually pull down GPLed apps. Well, Apple just did. Remi Denis-Courmont, a Linux developer of the popular VLC media player, has just announced that Apple had pulled the popular GPLed VLC media player from its App Store.
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RE[2]: That isn't quite right
by ubunho on Sun 9th Jan 2011 10:58 UTC in reply to "RE: That isn't quite right"
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I'm pretty sure that creator(s) of GPL hadn't this in mind when they wanted to create a free software for everyone.

I'm pretty sure that the GPL was specifically written by Stallman and friends for exactly this kind of situation. If you're happy to give up a couple of freedoms just so you can have an easy life; you deserve all the trouble you're going to get.

How is the GPL being used as a muzzle here? Go to the VLC homepage, notice that there's a link to the iOS version of VLC? Guess what, you can download iOS VLC from that page to as many idevices as you want without having to create multiple accounts.

Here's the link:

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