Apple, VLC and Free/Libre Software

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Hi at all!!!

Today i was reading my rss when i find one interesting article about a licenses conflict between Apple and VideoLAN, with the open source project of last ones called VLC.

At first, said VLC is the most famous (or at least, one of the most) open source video player. It’s available for several operating systems, like MS Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, iOS, Sylable, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Solaris, etc.

VLC is open source under the GNU GPL license.

The article said the video player could be the counted days in the Apple Store, for iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

Romi-Denis Courmont, one of the leader of VLC team, wrote to Apple for say and show his angry for the VLC arrive to the Apple Store.

The developer doesn’t understand how the app can be in the store, when the distribtion way in the Apple Store don’t satisfy the license.

Romi, exactly said:

“VLC is free software with a license under the GNU terms. This terms contradict the rules about the products using through the Apple Store, wich offer applications for mobile devices.”

The problem is that any software under GNU GPL license can be distributed (you know..) but, in the Apple Store, Apple force to all applications owners to put the DRM in their projects.

In the GNU GPL v3 terms exists some concrete clausules for avoid the DRM in the software with this license, so today, can’t exists software under GNU GPL v3 license in the Apple Sotore.

But really, the conflict is not fault of Apple or the VideoLAN group, Applidium is the company which has build a iOS version derived to the original VLC software, and put the software in the Apple Store, so is this company which is break the license terms.

The original article is here.

See u my friends!!!

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