[Ffmpeg-devel] overall license review - adding proper license headers

Diego Biurrun diego
Tue Sep 5 16:00:12 CEST 2006

On Mon, Sep 04, 2006 at 09:20:23AM -0400, Rich Felker wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 04, 2006 at 01:01:15AM +0200, Diego Biurrun wrote:
> > > >> I'll send a mail to Fabrice in order to doublecheck, but if you have a
> > > >> look at the file and another at the file in its initial revision you
> > > >> will see that it's just a bunch of tables and constants.  We're
> > > >> operating under the assumption that these are not copyrightable anyway.
> > > >
> > > > License changed to LGPL as told by Fabrice.
> > > 
> > > But it's still just tables of numbers...  Not that I really care a
> > > great deal.
> > 
> > We have some tables of numbers with an LGPL license on it, some without.
> > We should be consistent, yes.  Until then...
> I'm strongly in favor of removing license/copyright bs from all of
> them, otherwise it just strengthens the misconception that files like
> this can be copyrighted.

I tend to agree, but to be completely honest, I don't think it's worth
the time.  This whole licensing review has been a bit of an effort
already and it's not even finished yet.  I really cannot be bothered to
run through all relevant files (again), make a decision if the content is
copyrightable, post a list, discuss, flame, etc.  Attaching the LGPL to
them is just so much easier.  We just won't mind if somebody ignores the
license for these files then.

You (or anybody else) is of course most welcome to undertake this in my


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