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Will the iPhone be affected by GPLv3?

by benanzo / July 6, 2007 7:11 PM PDT

According to Peter Brown, director of the FSF, it might be. Apple has built OS X and the Safari web browser using software covered by GPL. If Apple has used code that adopts GPLv3 then they could be found in breach of the license's "Tivoization" provision. Just a thought.

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by bol_reality_check / July 8, 2007 5:02 AM PDT

If Apple used GPL code, then they would need to release that code anyway to the public. Where is the code?

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by benanzo / July 8, 2007 11:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Nope

heavily utilizes software that is under GPL and other open source licenses. They do provide source for the changes they make.

But that isn't the problem. If the iPhone contains GPLv3 software then they're likely violating the anti-tivoization provision in the license (offering source but prohibiting modified versions to run on the device.)

For instance, Safari is built on Free is most of their underlying OS code. The code they claimed was running on the iPhone. If it is BSD-licensed then there's no problem. But BSD contains a lot of GNU utilies that are definitely GPLv3.

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Apple public source license APSL
by Nicholas Buenk / July 8, 2007 5:41 PM PDT
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Apple has their own open source license. Many components of OS X are under GPL though like... bash, but most seems be under APSL. The iphone doesn't need any terminal or administration apps so I'd expect there to not be that much GPL stuff in it.
Here's apples open source web site, with the open source components of OS X and whether it's under APSL or not. Btw this is nearly full source for core of OS X. What's missing, is a few closed source drivers, and the GUI and API for the GUI.

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