[FFmpeg-devel] Searching for a ffmpeg BCLO (bastard chief legal officer)
Tue Mar 25 01:33:19 CET 2008
On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 06:56:22PM -0400, Chris Ribe wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 2:43 PM, Diego Biurrun <diego at biurrun.de> wrote:
> > On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 03:31:45PM -0400, Chris Ribe wrote:
> > > >
> > > > There is one more thing you should point out, though: It needs to be
> > > > clear which version of FFmpeg he is using and what changes he did make,
> > > > if any. This is the part that may be interesting to us, there is the
> > > > chance that some of his changes could be useful.
> > >
> > > Alright, I add the following and sent the letter:
> > Did you send off the letter already?
> I did send the letter, and I received a positive response to it on
> Saturday. I just sent an acknowledgment of his response. This
> raises the question of where to copy the correspondence. Should I cc
> correspondence to this list? Should I copy it to the issue tracker?
> Should I just summarize the correspondence on the issue tracker?
Good question. Copying here surely won't hurt unless you want to keep
things a tad more private. Judgment call...
> > I should note here that regarding the changes made to the source code
> > it's more important to follow the spirit rather than the letter of the
> > license. The idea is that is should be possible (and ideally simple) to
> > find out what was changed and how.
> > Having each file contain a changelog is a possible solution, but not
> > very practical. A public revision control system is a good solution, as
> > would be a clear statement which version/revision the code is derived
> > from and one or multiple diff files.
> While this would be nice, and certainly worth asking for, I can't read
> the L/GPL as requiring it. It seems to me that we should be careful
> to distinguish between things license violators must do, and things we
> would like them to do.
I think that we are more lenient than what the LGPL explicitly requires.
Have another at paragraph 2b):
b) You must cause the files modified to carry prominent notices
stating that you changed the files and the date of any change.
Note the use of the word "any".
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