[FFmpeg-devel] FFmpeg binaries for Mac OS X Intel

Jason Garrett-Glaser darkshikari
Tue Jun 23 02:34:05 CEST 2009

On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 5:32 PM, Karl Blomster<thefluff at uppcon.com> wrote:
> Jason Garrett-Glaser wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 3:50 PM, Cezary Falba<cezary at falba.net> wrote:
>>> Hi there,
>>> After using FFmpeg and its libraries for almost all encodings I do at
>>> home
>>> (and I even tried to use it in a work project but it has been canceled
>>> before public release) I've decided to do something useful for FFmpeg
>>> community and contribute my frequent FFmpeg and x264 builds for Mac OS X
>>> to
>>> the world.
>>> I hope you find them useful.
>>> Here's the URL to the site:
>>> http://www.falba.me/Cezary/Free_Software.html
>>> FAAD / FAAC (note that FAAD and FAAC are not a free software actually)
>> ffmpeg compiled with FAAC is nonredistributable. ?This means you can't
>> redistribute it.
> In most countries, you mean.
> The licensing terms covering parts of the FAAC code are really vague
> (talking about stuff like how "users" (end users? developers? who knows) of
> "MPEG-2NBC/MPEG-4 Audio standards" are granted "free license" to use the
> software or modifications of it (but are warned that it may infringe
> patents), but only if your software or hardware "claims conformance" to the
> standards, otherwise you fall under the "Copyright is not released for non
> MPEG-2 NBC/MPEG-4 Audio conforming products" clause, with no further
> specification of what conformance means in this context or how you are
> supposed to claim it). You might want to consult a lawyer to find out how or
> if those terms apply in your jurisdiction. Even so, in jurisdictions that
> recognize software patents it is at very least a patent infringement to
> distribute it, but you probably knew that already.

This has absolutely nothing to do with patents.

The problematic license is not GPL-compatible.  Therefore, if you link
the code to ffmpeg, the binary is not redistributable.  Simple as

Dark Shikari

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