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

Karl Blomster thefluff
Tue Jun 23 03:56:25 CEST 2009

Jason Garrett-Glaser wrote:
> 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
> that.

But isn't ffmpeg LGPL?

Actually never mind, his compiles include x264 and other GPL components, which 
makes the entire binary GPL. Carry on.

Karl Blomster

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