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On 27 Jun 2011, at 12:50, Benjamin Horst wrote:

When we discussed this last year, I researched a bit and found the following article from the 

The article's summary:

An iPhone port of GNU Go is currently being distributed through Apple's App Store. However, this 
distribution is not in compliance with the GNU GPL. The primary problem is that Apple imposes 
numerous legal restrictions on use and distribution of GNU Go through the iTunes Store Terms of 
Service, which is forbidden by section 6 of GPLv2. So today we have written to Apple and asked 
them to come into compliance. We would be happy to see Apple distribute these programs under the 
GPL's terms, but unfortunately, it seems much more likely that they'll simply make the problem 
go away by removing GNU Go from the App Store.
I think the above refers to the iOS App Store, but I do not know if the relevant terms are any 
different for the Mac App Store. (I think it predates the existence of the Mac App Store.) 

The other difference is that the article refers to the GPL and not specifically the LGPL license.

I will follow up further and let you know what I discover.

I've heard back from Brett Smith from the FSF. They had not previously analyzed the details of the 
interaction between the LGPL and Mac App Store, but are working on that now. We may hear more 
information as soon as tomorrow or shortly thereafter.

Meanwhile, do any LibO developers have an Apple developer account? This is a necessary prerequisite 
to submitting an application to the Mac App Store.


Benjamin Horst
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