[FFmpeg-devel] Searching for a ffmpeg BCLO (bastard chief legal officer)

Vitor Sessak vitor1001
Thu Jan 31 18:49:51 CET 2008

Zdenek Kabelac wrote:
> 2008/1/31, Michael Niedermayer <michaelni at gmx.at>:
>> On Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 10:42:33AM +0100, Zdenek Kabelac wrote:
>>> 2008/1/25, Mike Melanson <mike at multimedia.cx>:
>>>> Compn wrote:
>>>>> On Fri, 25 Jan 2008 17:01:52 +0100, Gabriel Bouvigne wrote:
>>>>>> Related:
>>>>>> In the case of Lame, if a quick and diplomatic contact doesn't work,
>>>>>> we noticed that a mention of the company and product name on our
>>>>>> website's "Wall of Shame" is quite efficient.
>>>>>> (It's so efficient that it's currently empty)
>>>>> mplayers' list of shame has companies on there for months (some even
>>>>> years). this is not a deterrent or effective way to defeat them.
>>>>> http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/projects.html
>>>>> but if you wish to try, ffmpeg homepage is in svn, just checkout a copy
>>>>> and send a patch.
>>>>> http://svn.mplayerhq.hu/ffmpeg.org/trunk/
>>>> Here's a crazy idea: Do you think it would get their attention to post
>>>> downloadable copies of their disassembled binaries in order to
>>>> flagrantly violate their so-called EULAs (which explicitly prohibit
>>>> disassembly)?
>>>> Probably not a big deal. But I have the webspace for it. :)
>>> Maybe worth to look and check....
>>> http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/
>>> I've not found sources, through some fast overview...
>> What makes you think it uses ffmpeg? If you have solid evidence that it does
>> and violate the (L)GPL then open an issue on our issue tracker!
> I do not have this device - thus I've no chance to check for ffmpeg
> binary data patterns - just the list of supported codecs is quite
> similar to what ffmpeg provides.

If you really think this can be a (L)GPL violation, you can see 
http://www.popcornhour.com/download/firmware_update.html and 
http://www.lundman.net/wiki/index.php/NMT:firmware . (Tip: sudo losetup 
-o 76 /dev/loop1 01-15-080123-14-POP-402-000.bin; sudo mount /dev/loop1 
-t romfs /mnt ). Just the decryption key is missing. You can contact the 
guy from http://www.lundman.net, I think he can telnet to his box and 
see the files.


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