FSF (Free Software Foundation) has complained that the diminutive terms of service of iTunes suggested by the Apple have lot of conflicts with the terms and conditions suggested by the Public License of GNU. The foundation has given warning to Apple because some version of GNU Go has been distributed by Apple stores. Foundation also said that it is the fact that now Apple is answerable about following the terms and conditions suggested by the GPL. It is true that some of the terms and conditions of GPL allow the sharing of code freely but under certain rules. The important thing is that “Usage Rules” of Apple have violated certain rules that have been made for the sharing of some code freely by the GPL. GPL had a fear that this could affect the reputation of GPL code in front of those users that are currently using their services or products. This issue became worse when the authorities of GPL recognized that the main developers who were working on the GPLv2 of iPhone version were unable to fulfill the requirements of GPLv2. According to the terms and conditions of GPL, the software that is derived from the code of GPL is also licensed under the company. In addition, it also mentioned that as these are mainly free software and users can easily modify, share and copy them based on their varied requirements.
Brett Smith, the honorable license conformity engineer of FSF cleared that if Apple wants to distribute its software to all its users then it is free to do so. They can do it but they can’t violate the terms and conditions made by the GPL. He also mentioned that if Apple continues to violate the terms and conditions of GPL in the future then Apple must keep in mind that others are also observing them for their actions. Also, if Apple can do this with other’s products then others also have the ability to do the same thing with the wide range of Apple’s products. He also referred the section number ten of the rules and regulations of iTunes terms. According to this, users can use the free software of GPL by obtaining it from the store of iTunes and can use the software according to the terms of “usage rules”. So it means that the end-users will have to follow the terms and conditions of the “usage rules” for the purpose of using such kind of products. But it is also true that Apple has its particular license for end users that are applied for all software that end users purchase from the App store. The authorities of Apple refused to give any comment over all the remarks that are made by the FSF. It has ensured that it will revise its policies regarding iTunes terms and conditions and now GNU Go is not more available at the App store after the notification that was sent by the FSF.