Folks, if you are still waiting for some unknown reason to download VLC for you iPhone and iPad which is currently available for FREE on the AppStore, its about time you grab it because you might not be able to get in future, ever. Rémi Denism, who is one of the lead contributors of the VLC project, has just filed some copyright complaint against the iOS version of the application, which may lead to Apple pulling it off from the App Store pretty soon.
“Today, a formal notification of copyright infringement was sent to Apple Inc. regarding distribution of the VLC media player for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. VLC media player is free software licensed solely under the terms of the open source GNU General Public License (a.k.a. GPL). Those terms are contradicted by the products usage rules of the AppStore through which Apple delivers applications to users of its mobile devices.”
It appears as if the developers of VLC for iPhone and iPad made some sort of a mistake while submitting the app to the App Store and violated Apple’s rules in which GPL is claimed to be not compatible with applications running on iOS. This makes Apple Store an unstable form of distribution for a GPLv2 licensed software. However, it is interesting to note that the official VideoLan (VLC) site still supports the VLC application for iPhone and iPad and have recently made the following tweets:
“So far, VLC is not going out of the AppStore,”
“Maybe the FSF should actually ask us our opinion instead of writing misleading articles about VLC.”
So if you haven’t already, now is the time you should download VLC for iPhone and iPad before its too late!
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[via Cult Of Mac]