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    Default 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’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

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    Nice

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    pathetic, i swear companies act like 3 year olds...
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    what a game

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    So why is the idiot developer complaining when it's free for PC and iPhone?

    The iPhone version has sound and other flaws anyways

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    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.

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    Wow, good thing I downloaded this the other day. Would releasing this on Cydia legitimately bypass these restrictions?
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    Question-Why do we need VLC for the iPad or iPhone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
    Question-Why do we need VLC for the iPad or iPhone?
    A better question is why WOULDN'T we? The iPhone has some of the most limited video support possible, I'm all for opening it up and being able to play things that Quicktime is unable to.
    Last edited by neodude237; 10-31-2010 at 07:04 PM.
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    LOL just downloaded it earlier today.

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    So how does a free and opensource app have an owner?

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    @mikerlx iOS does not handle quite a few file formats. But VLC handles pretty much anything....

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    It's free--just go get it before they take it down, no big deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanejoe View Post
    So why is the idiot developer complaining when it's free for PC and iPhone?

    The iPhone version has sound and other flaws anyways
    just get it before its gone

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
    Question-Why do we need VLC for the iPad or iPhone?
    So you can play all the video formats VLC plays on the iPhone without converting those files. I watched an .avi file on my iPhone using VLC

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    just got it... not that we won't be able to get it afterwards anyways... that's when Cydia comes in

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Acciavatti View Post
    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."
    sounds like cydias getting a full vlc with no restrictions
    and just got this app a day ago havent tested it yet tho

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    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.

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    Still on the store. Just downloaded it in case I got a video that needs a playin'...

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    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?

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    lame.

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