[vlc-devel] STOP! Think. Act... (was Re: Formal complaint -censorship)

Jean-Baptiste Kempf jb at videolan.org
Thu Oct 28 13:57:16 CEST 2010

On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 08:21:43PM +0300, Rémi Denis-Courmont wrote :
> Le mercredi 27 octobre 2010 20:02:49 Juho Vähä-Herttua, vous avez écrit :
> > I'd like to note that GPL is not really an EULA, because it only covers
> > redistribution and not end use.
> It's a bit more complicated. GPL does cover software usage if indirectly. It 
> covers usage because it forbids distributors from restricting usage, thus 
> allowing all usage - within the boundaries of local laws. Furthermore, as far 
> as it clearly restricts copying and modifying the software, it does still 
> restrict what the user can do with the software.
> However, the GPL is not an *agreement*, it's only a *license* granted by the 
> copyright holder(s) to recipients of the copyrighted material. In other words, 
> there is nothing for the user to agree or disagree with: the license allows 
> him/her to use the copyrighted material in certain ways.

So, now, if I understand now correctly, the question is:

whether the GPLv2 is a "valid end user license agreement entered into between
you and the licensor of the App Store Product" ?

If yes, VLC for iOS is ok on the AppStore.
If no,  VLC for iOS should either be changed or removed from the AppStore.

Do we agree that this is the main question, or not?

PS: yes, before answering the question, we need to know if this is the
right question... Boring, right? lawyers!

Jean-Baptiste Kempf
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