[FFmpeg-devel] full swscale relicensing to LGPL

Michael Niedermayer michaelni
Mon Mar 23 12:32:53 CET 2009

On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 08:48:08AM +0000, Robert Swain wrote:
> On 23/3/09 08:37, Robert Swain wrote:
>> On 23/3/09 03:10, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
>>> They dont need swscale, rather they want to donate to the main
>>> developers,
>>> without any specific development request or focus.
>> Cool!
>>> They also want to know how to get off the hall of shame
>> For this we need to know how we are and have contact with them so that
>> we can advise them as to what they're doing wrong.
>>> As iam neither "the main developers" (iam a single person last i checked)
>>> and iam not maintainer of the hall of shame i cant really accept their
>>> offer, nor help them.
> [...]
>> We can all help them if they contact us. Else put them in contact with
>> Diego about licensing issues. Without knowing who they are, we can't
>> advise them as to what they're doing wrong. They should feel shame for
>> not resolving the license violation, which is the purpose of the Hall of
>> Shame but, they should not feel shame for contacting us publicly to
>> resolve the license violation as it is a positive step.
> From the response on IRC, it seems there may be some confusion, so just to 
> be absolutely clear. 

Theres always confusion, i for example am pretty much confused by the
whole now.

> We do not accept monetary bribes from anyone for their 
> project or anyone else's project to be removed from the Hall of Shame. That 
> can _only_ be achieved by adhering to our license(s).

yes, ive told that to them as well yesterday already
they then asked what part of the LGPL the violate, and without checking
their code/extracting their stuff. Intel IPPs EULA does not look LGPL
compatible. They use Intel IPP as swscale replacement currently but
plan to replace it by their much supperior pascal reimplementation that
will soon be finished.
They also according to their own words rewrite our code in pascal and
asm instead of fixing bugs in C.

>>> If their new offer is serious, maybe someone with thicker skin wants
>>> to contact them and claim that 20k for ffmpeg and use it for something
>>> like bounties for specific tasks.
>> That would be great, but I've wanted a donation pot for a while. If the
>> money goes to a central FFmpeg pot, we'd probably have to register as a
>> non-profit organisation or something. This would be a very nice first
>> donation.
> Also, if no one else will step up to claim it for FFmpeg, I will. The 
> conversion rate from EUR to GBP is in favour of GBP at the moment. :)

just be carefull with taxes and legal stuff if you take the money

Michael     GnuPG fingerprint: 9FF2128B147EF6730BADF133611EC787040B0FAB

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated
form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. -- Plato
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