Apple Removes VLC Player From App Store as a Result of Clashes Between the GNU General Public License and AppStore Terms of Service

Written By Sam on 9 January 2011
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Rumors have eventually turned true. Apple has finally pulled out the most popular multi-format media player VLC from its AppStore due to the clashes between the original GNU license and the AppStores terms of use. Apple does not allow users to install both free and paid applications on more than 5 devices and this was evidently against the terms of GNU License upon which the VLC’s code is based upon. Rémi Denis-Courmont, the VLC developer remarked that the licensing issues have been sorted out in a harder manner and he pities neither the owners of the iDevices nor the developers of MobileVLC, who invested their valuable their valuable time in developing it.

Due to the overwhelming encounters between the General Public License (GPL) and the Apple App Store’s ToS ( Terms of Service), Apple has decided to remove all the GPLed applications that conflicted with their terms. VLC media player, a free software licensed solely under the terms of the open source GNU General Public License (GPL) was no exception. VLC’s GPLv2 licensing on October 25th, when a formal notification of Copyright infringement was sent to Apple by the VLC developers, Apple removed the player from its AppStore. As a result of, only iDevice owners who have already downloaded the free VLC player before it was pulled out overwhelming can install and use it on their devices and for the rest iOS version of VLC player created by Applidium, a French mobile software company is extinct.

One Response to “Apple Removes VLC Player From App Store as a Result of Clashes Between the GNU General Public License and AppStore Terms of Service”

  1. Kyung says:

    For those that are blaming Remi on this issue, you’re basically saying that pirating OSX and not respecting it’s EULA is okay.

    Because all he did was pointing out that what was being done is ILLEGAL and therefore should be removed because of non compliance of a well known and long estabilished license.

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