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01.14.11

Eye on Apple: Fighting Against Software Freedom, ”Apple Users Forced to Pirate VLC Player“

Posted in Apple, GPL at 1:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Latest news items regarding VLC, which help show why Apple is malicious

VLC iOS developers fight back

Apple invited Applidium to contact Rémi Denis-Courmont, directly should it have any further questions relating to the matter. Denis-Courmont had previously told Planet VideoLAN that he thought it likely that VLC was removed because Apple could not abide having software distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) in the App Store. It is not clear why so much time elapsed between Denis-Courmont’s complaint being received and the decision to remove the app.

More Facts Behind Apple’s Removal Of VLC From AppStore

We reported that Apple recently removed a VLC app developed by Applidium from its AppStore. Apple wrote to Applidium that Apple earlier informed them that they received a notice from Rémi Denis-Courmont where Rémi complained that Applidium app infringes on his intellectual property rights.

Applidium claims to have approval from the VideoLAN association before starting the iOS port of VLC. This is a point of interest. Did Applidium had an agreement with VLC about the publication of the app on App Store?

A Beginner’s Guide To The GPL (see how Apple drones think… or can’t)

It’s clear from the comments on that post that many people don’t understand the GPL concept, or don’t consider adhering to licences particularly important. This remark from Pu Koh is fairly typical:

Was the GPL created to benefit the end user? How is removing the app beneficial to anyone?

Apple Pulls VLC Player from App Store, Denis-Courmont Defends Self, VideoLAN (personal attacks, as noted the other day)

Apple Users Forced to Pirate VLC Player? Whatever Next? (Apple absurdity)

Last year, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users were delighted to learn that VLC media player had become available for their device via the App Store. But now, thanks to a licensing and copyright dispute, that particular party has been cut short and the software pulled offline. Bizarrely, the only way people can get this free and open source software now is to pirate it. You couldn’t make it up.

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