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

Jason Garrett-Glaser darkshikari
Tue Apr 28 04:10:31 CEST 2009

On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 6:57 PM, compn <tempn at twmi.rr.com> wrote:
> 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 ?

You mean Texas Instruments?

>This software module was originally developed by Texas Instruments

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