In case you’re not familiar with the history, here’s what happened. The developers of the original VideoLan Project weren’t happy with the VLC for iOS port, because App Store users have to agree to only “share” an app with five people. As the VideoLan Project is an open source program, this goes against what its original developers stand for. Essentially, it’s a licensing issue. Back in October, the original developers of the VideoLan Project commented on the matter:
VLC and open-source software in general would not have reached their current quality and success if it had not been for their license. Therefore, blatant license violation cannot be tolerated at any rate. Concerned users are advised to look for application on more open mobile platforms for the time being.
Today, Apple has removed VLC for iOS from the App Store. One of the original creators of the VideoLan Project confirmed this on the group’s blog, stating:
Thanks to the guys over at 9to5Mac has spotted an update to the quotation above (by Remi, original creators of the VLC open-source platform):