As I stumbled around the Mac App store looking for "how to get netrek 
in there" I found this email on the Adium mailing list (another GPL 
licensed project)


On Jan 11, 2011, at 2:43 PM, Evan Schoenberg, M.D. wrote:

I just got off the phone with Karen Sandler, our legal representative 
at, the not-for-profit firm which provides lawyery 
goodness to the IMF and therefore us.

In the current agreement for the App Store - on all platforms - there 
are several provisions which restrict distribution.  These are 
incompatible with the GPL.  If we were to submit Adium to the App 
Store, any contributor - which includes contributors to underlying 
libraries like libpurple, libglib, or libintl - could (1) sue us 
directly and (2) activate the deauthorization provision in the GPL to 
remove our right to use the code, both because we would have knowingly 
violated the GPL.

The only ways around this would be:
1) Every contributor agrees to allow Adium to be submitted. This would 
require all libraries' contributors.  It's completely infeasible to 
contact the 1000+ people that would include... not to mention that one 
or more would almost certainly object on free software principles.


2) Have Apple modify the license to allow for the GPL.

Apple, according to Karen, generally dislikes the GPL, and (2) is 
therefore unlikely.  However, she has a contact within Apple's legal 
team and is going to make a few inquiries... although the VLC takedown 
was quite public, it's unknown if a request for such a modification has 
really been attempted, either through usual App Store channels or 
through a direct appeal to Jobs himself.


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