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4 responses to “VLC Developer Requests iOS App Removal from App Store Over GPL Violation”

  1. Mr Wheat

    Apple isn’t violating the GPL license. They are not a party to the license just because the developer chose to distribute the app through the App Store.

    The developer chose to distribute the app through a mechanism that doesn’t allow him to meet the GPL obligations. The developer is at fault, not Apple.

    Nice try OSS fanboys…

  2. Christopher Price

    Not to mention that the developer can pull an app at any time with a click inside iTunes Connect. I’m not sure why there’s this much-ado-about-nothing that the developer “made a request.”

    Though, in my opinion, GPLv2 code is fine on iOS (VLC is GPLv2, not GPLv3), it’s merely GPLv3-based apps that cannot legally run on the platform at this time. Yes, I know people disagree with that, but, I have yet to hear a compelling argument why GPLv2 should be prohibited, iOS itself is underpinned by large chunks of GPLv2 code.

  3. VLC for iPhone/iPad Pulled From App Store Due to Disgruntled Developer | PhoneNews.com

    […] started his crusade to pull the app from iTunes last October due to his complaints that Apple did not comply with the spirit and letter of the GPLv2 license […]

  4. VLC for iPhone/iPad Pulled From App Store Due to Disgruntled Developer | AnimeNews.biz

    […] started his crusade to pull the app from iTunes last October due to his complaints that Apple did not comply with the spirit and letter of the GPLv2 license […]

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