Can my open source app be submited and approved in the appstore

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by jdog82, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. jdog82 macrumors member

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    not going to give a long story but to sum it up I (and my brother) ported a fps to be able to be played on the ipod touch and iphone. The original game was gpl lvl2. We didnt do anything with the game since the whole open source and iphone sdk not matching up. I have been away for a while and I am slowly reading about the nda being lifted yada yaga yada and also I have seen a few open source apps on the appstore. So does that mean that developers can get a app on the appstore and still release the source code via the gpl or other fsf license? Need someone with more knowledge on the matter to clarify for me so Ican submit this thing asap. Thanks.
     
  2. liptonlover macrumors 6502a

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    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but you can share code now, aka put it up as open source. Now please please please submit the darn thing! Some of us have been dying while waiting for an fps!
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  3. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    I don't believe the Open Source aspect is an issue after all the Wordpress native iPhone app is open source, however the app must comply with the SDK and use the API so if you port something over it must use the official API.
     
  4. firewood macrumors 604

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    You might want to consult with an lawyer with experience in this area to make sure that there are no potential conflicts between the source license and Apple's SDK agreement, including the fact that you shouldn't be distributing any private DRM keys, and that downloading required portions of SDK may still require a license agreement. The fact that others appear to be distributing apps does not constitute legal advice.


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  5. jdog82 thread starter macrumors member

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    firewood how should I go about speaking with a lawyer concerning these type of things? I tried to contact a apple rep who deals with legal matters but I got nowhere. When I called the iphone dev contact us concerning my app the person was clueless. I guess an apple lawyer would be he best person to talk to and can basically tell me yay or nay. But those type of people seem unreachable....
     
  6. liptonlover macrumors 6502a

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    I have proof that open sourcing it isn't an issue. The open source fps cube just made it onto the iphone... obviously it got past apple, and it clearly says all over the place it's open sourceishness. So you're good.
     

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