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Hi :)

From: Benjamin Horst <>
Sent: Fri, 1 July, 2011 0:12:49
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-marketing] AppStore

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 FSF:

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 
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 

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


Hi :)
Phew!  Thanks Ben for chasing this up.  Getting the FSF people onto them seems 
unfair on them but might get a better result than we could otherwise have hoped 
for!  Delegating is a good way to get a good resut ime ;)
Many thanks and regards from
Tom :)

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