[Supertux-Devel] (GPLv3 and iPhone App Store)
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>
> 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:
>> 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
> 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
> 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
> be a simple mistake. I might ask an actual lawyer and see if they
> to the same conclusion.
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