[vlc-devel] STOP! Think. Act... (was Re: Formal complaint -censorship)
salsaman at gmail.com
Wed Oct 27 18:29:07 CEST 2010
Please let me re-iterate that. You seem be advocating doing nothing.
Doing nothing is not an option.
There are only 3 options:
1) Persuade Apple to change their licensing terms to make them
compatible with the GPL.
2) Withdraw VLC from the Appstore (either by joint action from the VLC
team, or by enough developers sending copyright infringement notices)
3) Change the licensing terms of VLC. Of course to do so you will need
to get agreement of every single person who has ever contributed code
to VLC. Good luck with that.
The time for option 1) is running out. Eventually you will only be
left with option 2) and a load of bad publicity.
On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:14 PM, salsaman <salsaman at gmail.com> wrote:
> nothing is disputable. Rémi already pointed out where the Apple
> licensing terms are in direct conflict with the GPL. The GPL is more
> than just providing sourcecode or a link to the sourcecode, it is
> about ensuring freedm for users. Apple are basically relicensing the
> code under different terms, which is not allowed by the GPL.
> If Apple will not change their licensing terms, then they will no
> longer be able to distribute VLC via the Appstore. You can cry all you
> like, but there are no two ways about it.
> On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 12:27 PM, Jean-Baptiste Kempf <jb at videolan.org> wrote:
>> On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 07:03:06AM -0300, salsaman wrote :
>>> 1) If you (vlc team) turn a blind eye to what Apple are doing, then
>>> don't be surprised if, some time in the future, some other company
>>> puts out a closed source version of VLC. When you complain, they can
>> Could you stop the bullshit, now?
>> Noone turned a blind eye on Apple.
>> The iPad app has a direct link to the binary and to the source on our
>>> then (quite rightly) point out the fact that you allow Apple to
>>> distribute VLC under terms which are incompatible with the GPL.
>> The incompatibility is discutable, seeing the topic and seeing that the
>> source and binaries are available and we make no secret about it.
>>> 2) It seems that this issue is gathering more publicity, and many see
>>> it as an opportunity to open dialog with Apple to persuade them to
>>> change their licensing policy for GPL applications. If you have
>> You are dreaming ;)
>> With the MacStore arriving, do you really think so?
>> Best Regards,
>> Jean-Baptiste Kempf
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