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

Reimar Döffinger Reimar.Doeffinger
Wed Dec 8 19:20:30 CET 2010

On Wed, Dec 08, 2010 at 12:53:37AM -0800, Jason Garrett-Glaser wrote:
> Now, it's possible for libx264 to be not GPL.  It can be linked
> against ffmpeg if ffmpeg is LGPL.  It cannot be linked against ffmpeg
> if ffmpeg is GPL, because that would require that libx264 be GPL.

Since all the source code is always available under GPL that is not
true, it would be pointless (since that way you'd only make use
of the GPL permissions and not those of the commercial license),
but I can see no legal issue.
I'm not an expert but I'd consider this a reasonable change so far,
even though a bit ugly, maybe the check should be split in two parts.

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