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

Michael Niedermayer michaelni
Wed Apr 29 20:14:39 CEST 2009

On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 08:25:20PM +0300, Kostya wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 12:24:38PM -0400, Alex Converse wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM, Kostya <kostya.forjunk at gmail.com> wrote:
> > We have one huge advantage over the Vorbis scenario. Libvorbis is
> > still developed upstream. (Even if most of this development takes
> > place in the aoTuV fork and is backported.) Looking at the ChangeLog
> > the last real development to faac was done more than 4 years ago.
> > Everything since has been minor bug fixes. In this case just
> > FFmpegizing a hypothetical LGPL faac would be a real improvement.
> > 
> > Alternatively I could try to graft my TNS (and the bits of FFmpeg it
> > sucks in) onto faac to make it truly LGPL. (Though we would have to go
> > through the FAAC codebase and make sure there is no other code under
> > the MPEG refsoft license in there.)
> Please don't - stalled faac helps ffaacenc development ;).

yes, faa* is a dead end
the whole reoccuring license issues and the apparent lack of interrest
from its developers about having a legally useable & distributeable lib
should be enough reason to not touch it ...

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