Android vs. iPhone: The GPL Question
Jan 11, 2011, 22:02 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Well, now we know. You can't sell software using the
General Public License (GPL) on the Apple App Store& because it
conflicts with its Terms of Service (ToS) . The popular VLC media
player, was the first major GPLed software to be pulled from
Apple's App Store, it won't be the last. But, what about Google's
Android Market? I asked the experts and they tell me that, in
general, GPL developers can offer their wares on Android.
"I asked Columbia Law School professor Eben Moglen and head of
the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) about whether GPLv3
programs, as well software like VLC, which is under the GPLv2,
would be restricted from Apple's App Store, and he replied, "Yes.
The problem isn't in the license terms."