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FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

Posted Jun 10, 2010 7:31 UTC (Thu) by ftc (subscriber, #2378)
In reply to: FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL by lfelipe
Parent article: FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

I don't think Apple doing any "GPL enforcement" or "checking whether the application infringes on GPL software" is in any way relevant here.

What is relevant is that they should check the license of software they distribute through the app store, and make sure that they, themselves, comply with it.

If the license of the software they accept is under the GPL, Apple should realize they cannot distribute it in a way that requires the end user to comply with additional restrictions (such as the mentioned limitation of installation on five devices), and should either change their policies and do not impose any such restrictions, or, doing as they often do, and not accept the software into their store.


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FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

Posted Jun 10, 2010 12:54 UTC (Thu) by lfelipe (subscriber, #50478) [Link]

But that is just it, you can't really expect them to. The liability shouldn't be on them to do that (as is the case for Best Buy), but in the person that is submitting the application. What they should do (and I'm pretty sure they do it) is to ask the submitter to make sure he has the right to sell that app through their store, including distribution licensing issues. And in the case where they find out somethings wrong has been done, they take action (just like Amazon did, but poorly, on the 1984 book case for the Kindle).

FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

Posted Jun 10, 2010 22:46 UTC (Thu) by Lefty (guest, #51528) [Link]

Apple doesn't "check the license" of anything submitted to the App Store. They rely on the developer's statement (made as part of the process of submission) that there are no legal reasons why the app cannot be distributed.


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