[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] configure: accept commercially-licensed libx264

Alex Converse alex.converse
Wed Dec 8 09:38:02 CET 2010

On Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 12:32 AM, Jason Garrett-Glaser <jason at x264.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 9:57 AM, Carl Eugen Hoyos <cehoyos at ag.or.at> wrote:
>> Ramiro Polla <ramiro.polla <at> gmail.com> writes:
>>> libx264 can be built with --disable-gpl, to be used with a commercial
>>> license, which will export X264_GPL as 0 in their config file.
>>> Attached patch makes configure accept that.
>> Could you explain the use-case for this change?
>> Why would somebody prefer a shipped version of x264 (that I would expect to come
>> without headers) over the free version that we support?
>> Carl Eugen
> ffmpeg is LGPL.
> If someone buys a commercial license to x264, they can link x264 to
> ffmpeg without resulting in a GPL end product. ?This has already been
> requested by at least one customer.
> Currently, they have to use --enable-gpl, which they shouldn't have
> to, as there's no GPL involved in this case.
> The "commercially licensed" x264 comes with all the source and headers
> -- it's the exact same thing, compiled with --disable-gpl.

Not to be a dick, just looking for a clarification....

How does this differ from FFmpeg with any other non-free library?


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