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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] References for restrictions of apps in the App


From: John Sullivan
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] References for restrictions of apps in the Apple
Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2012 14:11:34 -0400
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Fabian Rodriguez <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi,
>
> I'd like to know if this article is still valid:
> http://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/why-free-software-and-apples-iphone-dont-mix
>
> I recall reading somewhere that Apple changed their ToS or "looked the
> other way", I'd like to be 100% certain what the current situation is.
> This would help me make the case with iPhone users that even if they
> find an application that works for them on the iPhone, it can't be free
> and they are surrendering convenience for essential technological freedoms.
>

It is still accurate. ToS changes haven't fixed the problem. You could
say that Apple does look the other way, in that they don't seem to go
actively looking for free software to remove from the App Store. Which
of course makes sense -- we wouldn't need copyleft if there weren't the
potential for people/companies to benefit from distributing free
software without the accompanying freedoms. :) But looking the other way
is not something we can support or count on, in terms of protections for
user freedoms.

-john

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