[Ffmpeg-devel] Potential FFmpeg Licence Violation 'Koyote Ipod video converter for free'
Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski
Tue Apr 10 14:55:03 CEST 2007
On Tuesday, 10 April 2007 at 14:49, M?ns Rullg?rd wrote:
> Benjamin Larsson <banan at ludd.ltu.se> writes:
> > M?ns Rullg?rd skrev:
> >> Reimar D?ffinger <Reimar.Doeffinger at stud.uni-karlsruhe.de> writes:
> >>> Hello,
> >>> On Tue, Apr 10, 2007 at 05:49:21PM +1000, mark cox wrote:
> >>> [...]
> >>>> the recipient agrees to the terms of this Agreement. You may not reverse
> >>>> engineer, de-compile or disassemble the Software, except to the extent that
> >>>> this restriction is expressly prohibited by applicable law. You may not
> >>>> distribute printed copies of any user documentation provided in electronic
> >>>> format. Regardless of the type of media you receive, you may only use the
> >>>> portion appropriate for your single user computer/workstation.
> >>> A "standard" EULA, but this part is in violation of LGPL section 6 if
> >>> they link against libav*
> >>> Someone ready to contact them? Maybe they are just one of those who
> >>> don't know what they are doing... You can always hope after all...
> >> If they are using the directshow wrappers in ffdshow, it is far from
> >> clear that they are violating anything by the process of linking. If
> >> they are simply requesting, say, an MPEG2 decoder through the standard
> >> directshow api, their product is no more a derivative of lavc than it
> >> is of any other MPEG2 decoder with a dshow interface.
> >> Linking aside, since they are distributing lavc, they must also
> >> distribute source for lavc, regardless of the license of their code.
> >> As always, it is best to initially approach them in a friendly tone,
> >> alerting them of their duties. If they refuse to comply, we can start
> >> getting nasty (well, as nasty as we can get without deep pockets
> >> feeding the lawyers).
> > How about we just start a black list of applications that use ffmpeg
> > and libs without the correct attribution on ffmpeg.org? At least then
> > we would have a hall of shame. Now all this info is burried in the
> > mailinglist archives.
> That would be a start. Feel free to start compiling the list.
We already have such list: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/projects.html#blacklist
I will ask Koyote author to give proper credit to FFmpeg and comply with its
MPlayer developer and RPMs maintainer: http://mplayerhq.hu http://rpm.livna.org
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