[FFmpeg-devel] Licensing gray area

Benjamin Larsson banan
Mon Jul 16 15:04:41 CEST 2007

Michel Lespinasse skrev:
> On Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 11:38:35PM -0400, Justin Ruggles wrote:
>> Diego Biurrun wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 09:47:07PM -0400, Justin Ruggles wrote:
>>>> I want to preserve the history in the SoC repository, but some of that 
>>>> history has a GPL violation.  Part of the code is copied near-enough 
>>>> verbatim from liba52, which is GPL, but is put under the LGPL header. 
>>>> My subsequent commits will change that portion, rewriting the 
>>>> problematic code, so the result will be okay.  But the violation would 
>>>> still be in the source history.  So I'm not really sure how to approach 
>>>> this.
> I was actually quite grumpy about that at the time, though I had not
> complained to the list. I'm quite glad you've noticed this and about
> the suggestions earlier in the thread.
> Note that the original SoC proposal had been to implement E-AC3
> which is a significant extension over the base AC3 format. If this
> had gotten done I would not mind about the LGPL license at all -
> I was only unhappy because the project did not go much farther than I had.
> If you get to E-AC3 first and want that to be under LGPL I'd be totally
> amenable to that (assuming there is still any of my code left at that point -
> if there is none then I would not have anything to say anyway :)

Just for reference, this years E-AC3 SoC project seems to have reached 

Benjamin Larsson

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