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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 20:24 UTC (Thu) by armijn (subscriber, #3653)
In reply to: FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL by bcs
Parent article: FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

Thanks for pointing this out. The terms of usage say that to *USE* the products you have to agree the terms of the license. It does not say anything about copying, so it does not restrict your rights under GPLv2, since usage is outside the scope of the license. From GPLv2:

"Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not
covered by this License; they are outside its scope."


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FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

Posted Jun 10, 2010 20:27 UTC (Thu) by armijn (subscriber, #3653) [Link]

Argh, brain faster than fingers. What I meant to say is that to use it you have to agree with the terms of service, not the terms of the license.

FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

Posted Jun 10, 2010 20:42 UTC (Thu) by martinfick (subscriber, #4455) [Link]

Correct, usage does not fall under the GPL2, it falls under standard copyright. Apple does not own the copyright so it cannot add terms of usage on software it does not own the copyright to (just as Best Buy may not dictate how you use your copy of MS Windows purchased there). Apple may demand that you add usage terms to your copyright if you desire to distribute your program via their service. But, random users attempting to distribute GPLed software via Apple's service cannot agree to this for other copyright holders.

FSF takes on Apple's App Store over GPL

Posted Jun 10, 2010 21:40 UTC (Thu) by johnsu01 (subscriber, #34757) [Link]

The ToS says you can store the software on 5 approved computers.

Copying the software yourself as permitted by the GPL would require storing it on a 6th (possibly unapproved) computer.

The ToS says you are not permitted to do anything outside of the listed rules.

Copying it to a 6th computer is outside the listed rules.

Which of the above do you take issue with?


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