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    The popular VLC video viewer may be the latest app to be removed from the App Store, but interestingly, this time it's not due to a violation of Apple's restrictive policies, but rather the fact that the App Store itself violates the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL) that covers VLC. The GPL requires that not only the original software but also any works derived from it have to be free and open source, and this isn’t the case when you download it from the App Store. The lead developer of the VideoLAN Project has sent a letter to Apple complaining of copyright infringement, and it's expected that Apple may remove the app at any time.

    Based on a student project at the École Centrale Paris in 1996, VLC was rewritten and made open source in 1998. After more and more developers extended the original application, ownership passed to the VideoLAN organization last year. The software has been available for years under the GPL, which expressly states that programs covered under that license should not run on "devices... designed to deny users access to install or run modified versions of the software inside them, although the manufacturer can do so." This sounds exactly like the closed, unjailbroken iOS platform, and the GPL refers to such platforms as "fundamentally incompatible with the aim of protecting users' freedom to change the software."

    The VideoLAN project was not responsible for the iOS port, but rather the devs at Applidium, who put the free app on the App Store. Rémi Denis-Courmont of the VideoLAN Project sent a formal notice of copyright infringement to Apple, saying that the "products usage rules" of the App Store violate the GPL. He notes that in a similar circumstance, Apple removed the iOS port of Gnu Go from the App Store, and that he expects Apple to remove VLC soon. Denis-Courmont insists it's not his fault if the app does get removed from the App Store, saying that Applidium is responsible for the port and that he is "not the one who took risks of violating copyright here."

    Source: Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: VLC for iOS Going, Going... started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tashawn View Post
      For the people that's said Cydia maybe getting the VLC player, did you even read what was written? Apple didn't choose to get rid of the application, the rightful VLC owners did for copyright issues. You think that make it ok to be in Cydia?
      Should be fine as a jailbroken iPhone is less restrictive as you could make your own version of VLC and install it no problem just like on a PC
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tashawn View Post
      For the people that's said Cydia maybe getting the VLC player, did you even read what was written? Apple didn't choose to get rid of the application, the rightful VLC owners did for copyright issues. You think that make it ok to be in Cydia?
      pipe it down real low.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by neodude237 View Post
      Wow, good thing I downloaded this the other day.
      Actually it is still live as of this post.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by cookbenj View Post
      pathetic, i swear companies act like 3 year olds...
      you said it
    1. ravelsnip's Avatar
      ravelsnip -
      But the app is still there, just downloaded form the appstore.

      I dont see any need for this topic.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Got it...
    1. DJ oNIon's Avatar
      DJ oNIon -
      Why bother anyway? The current version of VLC is nothing compared to OPlayer (file management, srt-subtitles, multiple audiostreams, fullscreen support and NO SUCH THING as nasty chrashes or whatsoever).

      Oh, wait. OPlayer isn't free. Damn a world in which one has to PAY (SHAME!) 3 bucks for a piece of software that WORKS and in fact DOES IMPLEMENT user suggestions! *irony off*
    1. iPhoneAndrew's Avatar
      iPhoneAndrew -
      Quote Originally Posted by ravelsnip View Post
      But the app is still there, just downloaded form the appstore.

      I dont see any need for this topic.

      It's for users to get it before it goes. Remember modmyi doing an article on MiTube (MxTube) on the appstore? Many people got it before it got pulled within hours.
    1. Stu308's Avatar
      Stu308 -
      So if it does get pulled, how do we put files over to the phone?
      Currently through Itunes, but I believe if they pull it the option wont be there??
    1. citopr's Avatar
      citopr -
      Well I'm glad I purchased this app because it is too too cool... They can't take it back from me... I use it for my kids often.
    1. ZOMGVTEK's Avatar
      ZOMGVTEK -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stu308 View Post
      So if it does get pulled, how do we put files over to the phone?
      Currently through Itunes, but I believe if they pull it the option wont be there??
      I don't see why that option would magically disappear if Apple pulls the app. If you purchase a App, its yours and works the same regardless of if its pulled from the App store. (Unless Apple hits the kill switch)

      Also, its still available for download...
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stu308 View Post
      So if it does get pulled, how do we put files over to the phone?
      Currently through Itunes, but I believe if they pull it the option wont be there??
      You can do it through (obsolete) SSH, or you could use wireless transfer like the iFile web server to move files to 'var/mobile/Applications/(the app's folder)/Documents. It's the same folder iTunes puts the files in, and no encrypted name needed like in the iPod app.
    1. Aldog18's Avatar
      Aldog18 -
      This is a shame. I downloaded it a while ago and it works great. I will be sad to see it go.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Ooo, just snatched it up from the Appstore just in case.

      It's got a pretty cool icon - that's as far as my review of this app can go at this point.

      Between this, iFile, and CineXplayer I should be able to play most videos (minus Flash, of course).
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stu308 View Post
      So if it does get pulled, how do we put files over to the phone?
      Currently through Itunes, but I believe if they pull it the option wont be there??
      You will still be able to add videos via iTunes. For example, I got MiTube before they removed it and I still can sync through iTunes now. Apple can't block your PC's iTunes from syncing apps. Not yet at least.
    1. timmyc's Avatar
      timmyc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Ooo, just snatched it up from the Appstore just in case.

      It's got a pretty cool icon - that's as far as my review of this app can go at this point.

      Between this, iFile, and CineXplayer I should be able to play most videos (minus Flash, of course).
      You can play flash videos too (.flv), already tried it
    1. santiagodraco's Avatar
      santiagodraco -
      Quote Originally Posted by zim_from_IPH View Post
      @mikerlx iOS does not handle quite a few file formats. But VLC handles pretty much anything....
      This horrible port of VLC to iOS doesn't handle crap either and is essentially a waste of a download.
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      good I don't want crap anywhere near my phone

      seriously though what files types do you have issues with

      Edit: so far I've tested .avi .flv and .mov the latter has choppy playback
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      vlc4iphone has been in cydia for a while
      its not the same app, but still vlc
    1. bigfahrter's Avatar
      bigfahrter -
      TOTAL **** MOVE. C'mon opensource people, lets not be so screamingly pedantic. A great free app givin' people what they need... and just so you can nitpick a bone with the App Store itself, we the users get boned.

      This is definitely a cutting off your own nose situation.