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

Juho Vähä-Herttua juhovh at gmail.com
Sun Oct 31 22:51:59 CET 2010

On 31.10.2010, at 23.45, Yuval Levy wrote:
> On October 31, 2010 05:03:13 pm Jean-Baptiste Kempf wrote:
> [...]
>> (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.

Personally I quite strongly disagree with this interpretation, although I don't think legalspeak myself. The USAGE RULES simply seems to state the limitations imposed by the iTunes DRM, hence the words "you shall be able to". I haven't had time to read fully this set of rules yet, but at least in the snippets j-b copied, it didn't say storing it into more than five different accounts would be illegal. It simply stated you shall be _able_ to store it into up to five accounts.

I seriously hope even in legalese words "able" and "allowed" have a difference.


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