VLC Gets Removed From The Apple App Store

Movie media player software VLC has been removed from the Apple App Store. Apple did not consider removing it until a lead contributor to the VLC project and Nokia employee Rémi Denis-Courmont complained that the app was violating a GNU public license (GPL). Apple App Store downloads have DRM applied to them, which violates the GPL. VideoLAN, the group that created the desktop version of VLC did not have anything to do with the media player getting removed.

“At last, Apple has removed VLC media player from its application store. Thus the incompatibility between the GNU General Public License and the AppStore terms of use is resolved – the hard way. This end should not have come to a surprise to anyone, given the precedents,” said Courmont.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

VLC Gets Removed From The Apple App Store Comments

  1. Lah says:

    For those that are blaming Remi on this issue, you're basically saying that pirating OSX and not respecting it's EULA is okay.

    Because all he did was pointing out that what was being done is ILLEGAL and therefore should be removed because of non compliance of a well known and long estabilished license.

    Cheat-Test 70-680

  2. aaaa says:

    Bear in mind that Remi was aware that Applidium was working on porting VLC to iOS since last summer with the supposed blessing of the VideoLAN association.

    If Remi had an issue with what Applidium was doing he should have taken it up with them, rather than 'crying to the teacher' and going behind Applidium's back and hitting apple with a takedown notice.

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