[vlc-devel] Apple AppStore infringing VLC media player license

salsaman salsaman at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 11:38:16 CEST 2010

Hi all,
I sent an email regarding the facts of the matter (as I understood
them at the time) a couple of days ago to some friends, and somehow
this email arrived at the inbox of Richard Stallman ! Today I
unexpectedly received a response from Richard, which I reproduce here
in full.


Subject:   	Good work!
From:   	"Richard Stallman" <rms at gnu.org>
Date:   	Thu, October 28, 2010 07:41

I am glad that VLC is enforcing the GPL against Apple.
The FSF has done so too.

I was disappointed though that the message says "open source"
so much, instead of "free/libre software".  By talking more
about freedom, it could show more clearly the reason for doing this.

    Rather puzzlingly, some of the vlc developers have moved to silence R=E9mi,
    by blocking his input from their RSS feed. As a counter protest, he has
    taken down his popular site, planet.videolan.org.

I am confused by this.  It sounds like there is a conflict
among the VLC developers, but I don't understand why.

Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
www.fsf.org, www.gnu.org

Perhaps somebody could advise me how to respond ? I realise my part in
VLC is very tiny, and obviously I want to make sure I get my facts



On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 5:00 PM, Jean-Baptiste Kempf <jb at videolan.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 07:13:14PM +0200, Rafaël Carré wrote :
>> On Wed, 27 Oct 2010 19:09:36 +0200
>> Jean-Baptiste Kempf <jb at videolan.org> wrote:
>> > On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 09:49:05AM +0200, Rémi Denis-Courmont wrote :
>> > > ###
>> > > Lots of important things.
>> >
>> > We will discuss 2 of the topics here at the next VideoLAN meeting on
>> > friday.
>> Can you set up an audio (and video?) stream of the meeting and be
>> present on IRC, so people not in Paris can participate?
> Yes. But we will block IPs from the whole Dijon region for obvious
> reasons ;)
> Best Regards,
>     PS: for humour-challenged people, this is a JOKE.
> --
> Jean-Baptiste Kempf
> http://www.jbkempf.com/
> +33 672 704 734
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