[tor-dev] Apple App Store Redux
gdt at lexort.com
Mon Nov 11 12:36:00 UTC 2013
Griffin Boyce <griffin at cryptolab.net> writes:
> Here are the issues as I see them:
> - Apple has traditionally been at odds with GPL-licensed stuff ,
> though of late it seems to have relaxed a bit with dual-licensed
> material .
> - If the TBB is added to the app store by Tor, it requires review of
> and agreement to Apple's terms and also agreeing not to reveal DRM
> sekrits .
> - It requires time and energy to keep the app store listing maintained.
It's a little hard to tell what's really going on. A few thoughts:
It seems Apple's terms are incompatible with copyleft, and that isn't
likely to change. Is there any copylefted code in TBB? I would
expect so, but I haven't enumerated it. People who choose copyleft
for their code do so for a reason, and Apple's terms are fundamentally
inconsistent with those reasons - this isn't a matter of nits to be
Is the agreement that a company would have to sign public? There
seems to be some notion that it is not. I believe that charitable
organizations and free software organizations should not enter into
secret agreements, and that doing so would be a breach of their duty
to act in the public interest.
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