rdesktop and MochaSoft
vinz.focker at gmail.com
Tue Sep 23 00:27:13 CEST 2008
Yes, Apple seems to be on the safe side.
I've just found a cnet post where an iPhone SDK agreement section was quoted:
"If Your Application includes any FOSS [free and open-source
software], You agree to comply with all applicable FOSS licensing
terms. You also agree not to use any FOSS in the development of Your
Application in such a way that would cause the non-FOSS portions of
the SDK to be subject to any FOSS licensing terms or obligations."
This means that Apple requires the developer to make sure that no GPL
or similar "FOSS" license can "infect" the stuff they sell through the
So IMHO this would prevent the existence (in theory as we've learned)
of any GPL-licensed software in the app store !
... at least software developed using the iPhone SDK. (... well is
there another way ?)
On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 12:09 AM, Joseph Heenan <joseph at heenan.me.uk> wrote:
> Peter Honeder wrote:
>> Vinz Focker wrote:
>>> MochaSoft's rdesktop port is only the tip of the iceberg wrt GPL
>>> Violations in the Apple App store.
>> - What are normal legal aspects of such a situation?
> I think my previous email covered that.
>> - is it possible for license holders to request compensation for damages
>> in this cases?
>> - is it possible to get compensation of damages from Apple because they
>> are earning 30%?
> Unlikely in my opinion. It's really the original developer that is in a
> sticky situation.
>> - is Apple also responsible for publishing the source code in this cases?
>> (at least they do not have NDAs signed with themselves)
> It seems unlikely. I'd imagine there's some T&C before the developer uploads
> the app where the developer is required to state that they have the right to
> upload the application for sale, and most likely they would have to agree to
> indemnify Apple against any legal action related to the app.
> I imagine Apple would remove the app once evidence that it wasn't legal was
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