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VLC accuses Apple of infringement

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VLC accuses Apple of infringement
VLC only recently debuted for iOS devices, but there's already some conflict with Apple. VideoLAN, the creators of VLC, have informed Apple that their DRM (Digital Rights Management) requirements constitute infringement of the VLC app's GPL (General Public License).

As VLC is open source, the software's sharing shouldn't be hindered. Apple's iTunes, however, limits the VLC app's sharing to 5 devices. No, this isn't a real issue. How many people need to share between 5 different iOS devices?

Rémi Denis-Courmont, a developer of VLC, explained that "while the rules for distribution of open-source or “free” (as in speech) software are extremely relaxed, they do exist and have to be abode by." Denis-Courmont went on to suggest that users "look for [the] application on more open mobile platforms for the time being."

The fact is that the DRM of Apple violates VLC's original license. Apple will likely take down the app, as they did with GNU Go, a chess app that was also the subject of infringement. It is far simpler for Apple to quietly remove the app than fight to maintain it under a new DRM.

source: MacStories via IntoMobile

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posted on 31 Oct 2010, 06:43 2

1. rafaelinux (Posts: 31; Member since: 29 Jun 2009)


Kinda pointless.. but oh well, the more against Apple the better

posted on 31 Oct 2010, 14:00

3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Against Apple? Who should we be cheering for? Microsoft? Google? Nokia?

posted on 31 Oct 2010, 12:13

2. whydidtheydoit (unregistered)


VideoLan must have known how the Apple app store worked before they ported VLC to iOS, right? So why did they do the work just to ask that it be removed? I'm confused...

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 19:03

4. applesr4eating (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


I want a White Iphone 4.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/macworld/20101028/tc_macworld/whiteiphone4vanishesfromappleonlinestore_1

posted on 01 Nov 2010, 23:39

5. You Lie (unregistered)


VLC Said NO Such Thing.


It was a Developer that had wrote a small piece of code in VLC like many other hundreds of other developers have that had lodged a complaint.
Also this person that lodged the compliant works for Nokia also so put 2 and 2 together and stop link baiting your articles.

The Full Support of all the other VLC Developers Approve this Application only (1) doesn't and that is the one that also is employed with Nokia.

That should be your story.

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