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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Apple did not pull the app because of the GPL. Apple pulled the app because there was disagreement among the developers whether they wanted to release it. The majority did, and it was released. The dissenter contacted Apple and said that there was a license violation and that he, a developer of the app, didn't authorize it's release and would sue if it remained in the App Store.

Why would a company risk having to lawyer up over a free app because of some internal spat between developers? They did the only sensible thing - they tossed it.

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