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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. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigfahrter View Post
      This is definitely a cutting off your own nose situation.
      Who says that? That's not even a saying. Where do u get off? Lol
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      All I care about are XviD movies and all the other ports of VLC never played those well. Not sure about this port. Has anyone tried an XviD movie? If not, I'll stick to Oplayer. It plays XviD moves great.
    1. daorigin's Avatar
      daorigin -
      i dont post often im mostly a reader but this topic has gotten ridiculous with the amount of bashing this app has gotten, i have played all my xvid movies and even my anime mkvs without a hiccup -- without a single issue on my iphone 4 -- granted you have the correct hardware this app is awesome for its first real release.

      if the lead dev werent such cry babies it would be nice to see this app be updated with all the pc features n performance issues it may currently have but if its taken down its a damn shame...
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      Question-Why do we need VLC for the iPad or iPhone?
      Download Zumocast and you won't need VLC

      Save lots of space too on your iDevice.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      True, love me some zumocast
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      True, love me some zumocast
      you guys are doing it wrong. StreamToMe / AirVideo FTW.
    1. glades's Avatar
      glades -
      Anyone know how to create subfolders for the VLC player? I love this app - it plays all my files.. just need to find a way to organize my videos rather than have it all on one playlist.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Don't think you can
    1. mfoster's Avatar
      mfoster -

      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi