updated 08:35 pm EST, Fri January 7, 2011
Move said to be related to licensing dispute
Apple has finally pulled Applidium's VLC video player app from the iTunes store due to a licensing discrepancy. The situation is one of the prominent examples of conflict between the open-source GNU General Public License, which is tied to the VLC player, and the terms detailed in Apple's own App Store licensing.
Interestingly enough, the incompatibility was brought to Apple's attention by Rémi Denis-Courmon, one of the principal developers behind the VLC media player. The problem was brought to attention over two months ago, however Apple only recently removed the app.
Apple's insistence on Digital Rights Management (DRM) for App Store content is reportedly the primary source of conflict with the GNU license. A similar situation resulted in the removal of GNU Go, a game app that also also uses GPL code.
"I am not going to pity the owners of iDevices, and not even the MobileVLC developers who doubtless wasted a lot of their time," Denis-Courmon added. "This end should not have come to a surprise to anyone."