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Thread: VLC for iOS Going, Going...
10-31-2010, 06:27 PM #1
VLC for iOS Going, Going...
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‚Äôt 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
10-31-2010, 06:30 PM #2
10-31-2010, 06:31 PM #3
pathetic, i swear companies act like 3 year olds...dont you hate it when someones signature looks like someones post?
what a game
10-31-2010, 06:32 PM #4
So why is the idiot developer complaining when it's free for PC and iPhone?
The iPhone version has sound and other flaws anyways
10-31-2010, 06:43 PM #5
Wait, so the VLC app isn't the actual VLC? I did notice the publisher was Applidium, but I never knew the owners of VLC was not part of it...
Oh well, I still have the app anyways.
10-31-2010, 06:49 PM #6
Wow, good thing I downloaded this the other day. Would releasing this on Cydia legitimately bypass these restrictions?If I somehow helped you, press thanks
10-31-2010, 06:55 PM #7
Question-Why do we need VLC for the iPad or iPhone?
10-31-2010, 06:57 PM #8
Last edited by neodude237; 10-31-2010 at 07:04 PM.If I somehow helped you, press thanks
10-31-2010, 06:58 PM #9
LOL just downloaded it earlier today.
10-31-2010, 06:59 PM #10
So how does a free and opensource app have an owner?
10-31-2010, 07:01 PM #11
@mikerlx iOS does not handle quite a few file formats. But VLC handles pretty much anything....
10-31-2010, 07:35 PM #12
It's free--just go get it before they take it down, no big deal
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10-31-2010, 08:03 PM #13
10-31-2010, 08:19 PM #14
10-31-2010, 08:24 PM #15
just got it... not that we won't be able to get it afterwards anyways... that's when Cydia comes in
10-31-2010, 09:05 PM #16
10-31-2010, 09:18 PM #17
I know the VLC for Ipad app needs a bit of work, but it is still pretty good. Only problem so far is that it freezes after watching a movie for a while (like 15 minutes), maybe memory leak or what not, and you cant make play lists like the PC version. Also I wouldn't mind if they added album covers.
I'd hate to see this app "go away". If they take it off the App Store, I wouldn't mind seeing it on cydia.
10-31-2010, 09:29 PM #18
Still on the store. Just downloaded it in case I got a video that needs a playin'...
10-31-2010, 09:53 PM #19
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?
10-31-2010, 10:16 PM #20