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

salsaman salsaman at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 13:44:16 CEST 2010

I have sent the following response for now. I hope not offend anybody.

Hello Richard,
thankyou for your email and show of support. I should state first of
all that I am in no way a representative of the VLC project, in fact
my part in that particular project is very minor indeed. I was simply
reporting the facts of the matter as I read and understood them at the

About the quote, it was not made by me but by one of the VLC team
members, so it does not reflect my personal choice of wording which
would have been more along the lines you suggest.

Regarding the supposed disagreement, from what I gather it was mainly
about the manner in which the issue was raised in public and also
about the precise legal interpretation of the Apple licensing terms.
There seems to be some debate as to whether these are consistent with
the GPL or not. I cannot comment on this since I am not a lawyer.

I believe there will be a meeting on friday during which the issue
will be discussed. I will not be attending the meeting, but I have
made my views clear, which is that my contributions to the project
were made under the GPL only and may not be relicensed.

If I hear any more news regarding the issue I will let you know, but
in the meantime I consider it best to wait for an official statement
from the VLC team.




On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 6:38 AM, salsaman <salsaman at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> right.
> Regards,
> Salsaman.
> http://lives.sourceforge.net
> https://www.ohloh.net/accounts/salsaman
> 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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