The VLC Media Player looks like it could be pulled from the App Store, amid threats of legal action.
According to reports, VLC developer Rémi Denis-Courmont has disclosed that Videolan, a volunteer-led French project to develop open source software, has filed a formal notice of copyright infringement to Apple.
Denis-Courmount’s case hinges on the premise that the App Store’s usage restrictions contravene the open source model that covers distribution of VLC under the GNU General Public License.
Specifically he alleges that because the App Store uses a DRM to tag purchases of VLC, Apple is violating the principles under which the app was created.
Apple has yet to respond officially to developments, but speculation is rife that it will remove the application in the interim.
That’d be a shame all round. Not least because VLC is surely one of the slickest media players we’ve seen for iOS devices.
So we’re saying grab while you can. It was still there when we last looked. And it’s free too.
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