[vlc-devel] STOP! Think. Act... (was Re: Formal complaint?-censorship )
vlc07 at sfina.com
Sun Oct 31 22:45:15 CET 2010
On October 31, 2010 05:03:13 pm Jean-Baptiste Kempf wrote:
> APP STORE PRODUCT USAGE RULES
> (iii) You shall be able to store App Store Products from up to five
> different Accounts at a time on compatible iOS-based devices.
> -> I don't understand what that means. You can only have 5 iOS-based
> devices with one application? Still, is that incompatible with the GPLv2?
> GPL §6 impeach people to restricts the rights granted by the GPL, which
> are only "copying, distribution and modification" as per §0
You need to think legalspeak to understand.
The above means that if five people share an iPod, and all five of them have App
Store accounts, it is OK to store Products that were bought from all of those
five accounts. But if a sixth person shares the same iPod, and that sixth
person has an App Store account, then it is illegal for that sixth person to
download a Product to the iPod.
> (iv) You shall be able to store App Store Products on five
> iTunes-authorized devices at any time.
> -> This is the exact same as above (iii)
not the same, but symmetric. It means that if you own an iPhone 3, and iPhone
3GS, an iPhone 4, an iPad, an iPod, an iPod Touch and an iPod Classic, you
will be committing an illegal thing if you would store a Product an all of the
While these kind of conditions seems incomprehensible and just complications
to laypeople, lawyers know and see exactly where this is going.
Imagine if condition iv did not exist. Theoretically I could buy hundreds of
iPods, download the same Product that I paid once on all of them and then
share them with my friends.
Sorry to be the broker of bad news: The above conditions are incompatible
with the GPLv2 in both the spirit and the letter.
And while the conditions are worded so as to not affect the 99.99999% of normal
users (who has more than five iDevices, or share an iDevice with more than five
people), they are limitations on the freedoms granted by GPLv2.
> (v) You shall be able to manually sync App Store Products from at least one
> iTunes-authorized device to devices that have manual sync mode, provided
> that the App Store Product is associated with an Account on the primary
> iTunes-authorized device, where the primary iTunes-authorized device is
> the one that was first synced with the device or the one that you
> subsequently designate as primary using iTunes.
> -> I don't see how we are concerned about that.
It's another provision designed to restrict distribution, and as such
inherently incompatible with the GPLv2.
You can close an eye (or both of them if you like), but the fact is that Apple
is trying hard to control/restrict distribution and this is inherently
incompatible with the GPLv2, no matter how convoluted the phrasing is and how
rare the case is.
have a good week
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