VLC is been the best media player rel=“nofollow> for iOS users to watch high quality videos without converting into iOS compatible format. The app was released last month and gained a lot of momentum among iOS users, but its future of existence is unpredictable. Remi Denis a contributor of VLC project has filed a formal copyright complaint against Apple for violating the GNU public license under which VLC is released.
Espoo, Finland – Today, a formal notification of copyright infringement was sent to Apple Inc. regarding distribution of the VLC media player for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. VLC media player is free software licensed solely under the terms of the open source GNU General Public License (a.k.a. GPL). Those terms are contradicted by the products usage rules of the AppStore through which Apple delivers applications to users of its mobile devices. At the time of writing, the infringing application is still available. However, it is to be expected that Apple will cease distribution soon, just like it did with GNU Go earlier this year in strikingly similar circumstances: http://www.fsf.org/news/2010-05-app-store-compliance. Thus, users of iOS-based devices would be deprived of VLC media player, as a consequence of the intransigently tight control Apple maintains over its mobile applications platform. In any case, while the rules for distribution of open-source or “free” (as in speech) software are extremely relaxed, they do exist and have to be abode by. VLC and open-source software in general would not have reached their current quality and success if it had not been for their license. Therefore, blatant license violation cannot be tolerated at any rate. Concerned users are advised to look for application on more open mobile platforms for the time being.
Besides this claim, the VLC community supports the VLC iOS app and they have also stated “VLC is not going out of the AppStore”. So whats gonna happen next? What would be the reaction from Apple? There are many questions popping up, but whatever is it, download the app rel=“nofollow>/a> if you haven’t already downloaded it.