[FFmpeg-devel] GPL version matter

Måns Rullgård mans
Sun Jul 1 19:17:25 CEST 2007

Uoti Urpala <uoti.urpala at pp1.inet.fi> writes:

> On Sun, 2007-07-01 at 17:31 +0100, M?ns Rullg?rd wrote:
>> Actually, I believe that is exactly what they want.  They are
>> desperately holding on to the notion that by making patented
>> algorithms incompatible with the license, people will choose to
>> implement a different algorithm rather than use another license.
>> Of course reality is quite different from their utopian visions.
> Bullshit. The FSF is well aware that it's impossible in practice to
> write a program without violating a patent, and all programs are
> strictly speaking illegal in jurisdictions that allow software patents.

If they do in fact know the truth, they are certainly pretending

> The GPL is not meant to exclude programs covered by patents.

The text of the GPL seems to suggest otherwise.

Then again, I am not a lawyer, but neither are you.

M?ns Rullg?rd
mans at mansr.com

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