Last Chance to Get VLC for iPhone/iPad? Likely to be Pulled from App Store?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    If you haven't yet downloaded the VLC Media Player for iPhone/iPad, now's a good time to do so. A formal copyright complaint has been issued against the software by one of the individual contributors to the VLC project. As a result, it seems likely that Apple could pull the app from the App Store:
    The reason for the complaint is an apparent incompatibility between the GPL license and the App Store policies -- at least according to the FSF. The App Store terms have changed since FSF originally posted about the App Store conditions, but there seems to be dissent amongst the VLC developers on the topic. The official VideoLan site has endorsed the port of VLC to the iPhone and iPad and their official twitter has since posted saying "So far, VLC is not going out of the AppStore" and "Maybe the FSF should actually ask us our opinion instead of writing misleading articles about VLC". The internal debate is being discussed on the mailing list.

    At present VLC Media Player for iPhone/iPad remains available on the App Store.

    Article Link: Last Chance to Get VLC for iPhone/iPad? Likely to be Pulled from App Store?
  2. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    Guess I'm going to have to download It prior to it being pulled.
  3. SaaGua macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2010
    Oh come on, it's not like people are gonna be modifying programs and rewriting program language on an iphone or ipad...

    It's supposed to be free, so as long as it's free on the app store... :confused:
  4. ElusiveMind macrumors newbie


    Feb 9, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Way go to

    give a black eye to open source. thanks FSF. Mission accomplished. Make people love open source.
  5. D-Love macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
  6. Wurm5150 macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7)

    Yet haters will somehow blame Apple for this..
  7. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816


    Dec 1, 2005
    Welp, thanks for the heads up. I downloaded the ipad version but never installed the universal update. Lemme grap it asap :D
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    how pathetic. who even reported it?

    *goes back to converting TBs of movies that Apple cant play*
  9. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    I'm not usually one for conspiracies, but in relation to the person who made the complaint to Apple, this paragraph of their website did ring an alarm bell:

    "I am currently working as a Linux kernel and system software engineer for Nokia in Helsinki, Finland. I am also one of the core developers of the VLC media player at the VideoLAN project"
  10. Papajohn56 macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2005
    I really hate these GPL sticklers. Richard Stallman can gtfo.
  11. chach17 macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2007
    Not correct. Free as in open is completely different from free as in beer. The GPL actually permits one to sell a GPL licensed piece of software for a fee. In order to be considered 'free' (not as in beer), you have to be able to request a copy of the source code, modify it, and then redistribute it (possibly for a fee).

    I do think that the GPL is a great thing but I think that some people are far too concerned with GPL software on the App Store. As long as you can get the source code, you can buy a $99 developer membership and compile and run the app on your own iPhone/iPod/iPad, and you can distribute it on the App Store. Sure the $99 bites a big one, but big deal. It's not much different from needing to own a specific piece of equipment to compile code. For instance - Apple does not let you develop an iApp without a Mac and their XCode developer tools. One could argue that the price of the Mac is a restriction on your ability to modify and redistribute GPL software. I see the $99 developer fee as just another investment necessary to compile and run an iApp.
  12. Yamcha macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    again a stupid move from Apple, at least for us users.. =/ I actually tried to sync it to my ipod touch last night, had no success I kept on getting an error
  13. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Amazing spot, good job. I agree with you - there is a very big chance ulterior motives are at play here.

    Everyone knows how this ends. And it isn't in Apple making an exception from wrapping FairPlay around for one application. Because it would open a can of worms.
  14. AriX macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2007
  15. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    I think it is pretty harsh to pin this one all on Apple.

    Why can't VLC just change the licence for the iPhone/iPad version? Oh that's right, because it's almost impossible.

    Almost everything is incompatible with the GPL. The only thing which is compatible is other GPL software.
  16. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    What has Apple done here that is stupid exactly?
  17. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    Didn't take long, did it?
  18. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Where do you see a move from Apple, let alone a stupid one?

    I don't get it.:confused: If anything, Apple will be glad to get rid of VLC ?!
  19. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

    Rajani Isa

    Jun 8, 2010
    Rogue Valley, Oregon
    Agreed - I just went and downloaded it, they haven't pulled it yet
  20. MrMcLargeHuge macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2010
    The Free Software Foundation, promoting free software for everyone.

  21. sjo macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2005
    So a Nokia employee contributed to the VLC (contributions made during his own time?) in belief that the VideoLAN project honors the license under which he made the contribution. VideoLAN project chooses not to honor the license, the program gets pulled and you imply it's somehow Nokia's fault?
  22. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Because in the letter of the law they are right and if they complain Apple will be obliged to yank it. A precedent has been set with another piece of GPL software.

    And the person making a fuss about this knows it will likely create outcry on the web/blogs/gadget sites (and the majority of those contributing to the cacophony of noise won't understand the subtleties and complexities of software licensees and the GPL). This will damage Apple's PR and further enforce the idea the Apple are over zealous and controlling.

    And no one wins. There is another thread where others have contributed their views and it is explained in further detail.
  23. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    This isn't Nokia acting as a corporation, it is one individual. Nokia is laying of a lot of staff because it is struggling to compete with new competitors at the high end of the market. This is a fact. Now we can certainly give the developer the benefit of the doubt and conclude their actions are based on principles alone, but given their day job it is hard to be conclusive.
  24. sjo macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2005
    Well that's pretty much what I asked. Why was Nokia brought into this conversation in the first place? To throw mud?
  25. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006

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