[FFmpeg-devel] [RFC] Libfaac not LGPL?

compn tempn
Tue Apr 28 03:57:20 CEST 2009

On Tue, 28 Apr 2009 02:48:50 +0200, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
>On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 04:45:37PM -0700, Jason Garrett-Glaser wrote:
>> We had some discussions on #ffmpeg-devel and I asked the folks at #gnu
>> about this:
>> http://faac.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/faac/faac/libfaac/tns.c?r1=1.8&r2=1.9
>> It appears that libfaac, despite declaring itself LGPL2.1, contains
>> quite a few licenses... many of which are completely incompatible with
>> the LGPL, such as the above.
>> In theory, it still may be legal to distribute, as the LGPL linking
>> exception *may* cover the linking of .c files with non-free licenses
>> with .c files that have free licenses.  However, either way, this
>> places FAAC squarely under non-GPL territory... such that ffmpeg
>> should require --enable-nonfree to link to it.
>> Thoughts?
>moving it under non free is a good idea, droping it is a good idea too
>but i guess people wont like it being droped.

anyone email author for relicense ? maybe its just a screwup like the
tremor library license which mplayer had included for so long ...


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