[Supertux-Devel] (GPLv3 and iPhone App Store)

Thomas Roughton t.roughton at clear.net.nz
Sun Mar 21 22:54:21 PDT 2010


Apologies again for the double email - I just noticed I wrote shady -  
I was meaning shaky, or unclear.

On 22/03/2010, at 5:27 PM, Matt McCutchen <matt at mattmccutchen.net>  
wrote:

> On Sat, 2010-02-27 at 17:11 -0500, Matt McCutchen wrote:
>> Upon further research, two people at the FSF have claimed that the
>> installation information requirement does apply to iPhone apps:
>>
>> http://www.linux.com/archive/feature/131752
>> http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/why-free-software-and-apples-iphone-dont-mix
>>
>> But it seems quite clear to me that the condition that "the conveying
>> [of the GPLv3 covered work] occurs as part of a transaction in  
>> which the
>> right of possession and use of the User Product is transferred to the
>> recipient in perpetuity or for a fixed term (regardless of how the
>> transaction is characterized)" is not met.  We should try to get an
>> official explanation from the FSF about this.
>
> I emailed the FSF on February 27 and they never answered me.  Maybe  
> they
> decided it wasn't in their interest to do so.  It would disappoint  
> me if
> politics trumped honesty.
>
> Still curious about the issue, I found the rationale document in which
> that condition was introduced
> ( http://gplv3.fsf.org/gpl3-dd3-rationale.pdf ).  Section 1.4  
> indicates
> that the condition was intended to exclude "ephemeral propagation",
> which the App Store clearly is not.  So the installation information
> requirement would apply to App Store distribution according to the
> authors' intent, but not the actual text of the license.  It appears  
> to
> be a simple mistake.  I might ask an actual lawyer and see if they  
> come
> to the same conclusion.
>
> -- 
> Matt
>
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