[FFmpeg-devel] more FFMPEG license and legal issue Q&A?
Fri Oct 26 09:55:22 CEST 2007
> Dear all,
> I'm searching about ffmpeg license legal issue. I found there's a page
> of "License and Legal Issues" in the ffmpeg project web. Is there more info
> about this issue?
> My questions are as follows:
> 1. The framework of ffmpeg are protected in LGPL or GPL, aren't they?
LGPL or GPL depending on which components you are going to use, since
some are GPL only.
> 2. Problematic items are those avcodec which are in the libavcodec module,
Depending on your definition of problem, european people do not have
problems at all as long they follow our licenses (lgpl or gpl)
> 3. Any precedent of suits or legal arguments because of using ffmpeg?
I recall some discussions with manufacturer not obeying.
> 4. If only MPEG-4 and H.264 are included in our project, does it mean that
> only MPEG-LA might take some legal actions against us?
Depends on where are you, what you are doing with ffmpeg and how.
> 5. We don't sell s/w player or embedded h/w player based on ffmpeg project,
> we only sell a machine for users and they can use our packages to run some
> a/v playing. Is it kind of illegal?
For us, as long you redistribute the source of what you are using and
you tell you are using our product, I think no.
For patent trolls around the world much depends if you are in their
jurisdiction or not. I'd advise you to talk with your lawyer
Sorry if I confused your ideas even more ^^
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