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VLC iOS developers respond to app's removal

updated 04:45 pm EST, Mon January 10, 2011

Claim app had help from VideoLAN

Applidium is mystified at the iOS VLC app being pulled from the App Store, according to one of the developers. Romain Goyet comments that on Friday, the company received an e-mail from Apple informing them of the decision. "We regret that the dispute regarding your application named 'VLC Media Player' could not be resolved amicably between the parties. We have removed your application from the App Store. For any questions relating to this matter, please contact Rémi Denis-Courmont directly," the message reads.

Denis-Courmont is one of the chief figures behind the VLC project. The software is supposed to be open-source, and Denis-Courmont has argued that there is an inherent conflict between the GNU General Public License and the terms Apple has imposed via the App Store. Versions of VLC are available for Windows, Mac, Linux and still other platforms.

Goyet argues that Applidium not only got permission from VLC curator VideoLAN, but that it even had help from some people at the association during the porting process. "It goes without saying, we still believe the AppStore licence is compatible with the GPLv2 under the which VLC is released," he writes. "Therefore, together with the VideoLAN association, we'll do our best to not let this be the end of VLC/iOS."

by MacNN Staff



  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What a baby

    Denis-Courmont comes off as an open-source extremist. You'd rather deprive happy users like me of VLC because the free app doesn't have the option of the free license you want? Quit acting like Don Quixote charging at windmills (in this case Apple). You only hurt the cause.

  1. Bunnyturd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Remi Denis-Courmont works for Nokia

    Remi has his personal agenda against Apple which most people believes stems from the fact that he works for Nokia and harbors hatred toward Apple because Nokia is getting its butt kicked by iOS. This is the reason why he is sabotaging efforts of other developers in the VLC group and repeatedly derail VLC on iOS as well as VLC on Mac App store.

  1. facebook_Joe

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    Joined: Jan 2011



    You didn't mention that Denis-Courmontis currently is an employee of Nokia.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who would want

    to use that Open Source cr_ap on a premium iOS device anyways?

    I remember one tu_rd on these macnn forums saying that. Forgot the clowns name.

    "No soup for you"

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