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App store licensing hinders OSS growth

May 25, 2011, 07:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Kwang)

"Kim Weins, senior vice president of products and marketing at OpenLogic, a software vendor that provides support and governance for open source software, also said in the survey report that many mobile and tablet developers may not have a complete picture of the open source agreement they are using and the requirements of these licenses. This, in turn, will have 'real-world implications', he said.

"For example, Weins pointed out that the Free Software Foundation has stated that GNU General Public License (GPL) and Apple's iTunes licensing agreement are not compatible. This has resulted in several apps based on GPL to be pulled from the store, while Google has also received takedown requests for Android Market apps that have violated GPL rules, he noted."

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