[FFmpeg-trac] #1229(FFmpeg:closed): LGPL is not compatible with IOS

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Fri Apr 27 20:01:04 CEST 2012

#1229: LGPL is not compatible with IOS
             Reporter:  yepher       |                    Owner:
                 Type:  license      |                   Status:  closed
  violation                          |                Component:  FFmpeg
             Priority:  normal       |               Resolution:  wontfix
              Version:  unspecified  |               Blocked By:
             Keywords:               |  Reproduced by developer:  0
             Blocking:               |
Analyzed by developer:  0            |

Comment (by cowwoc):


 Okay, so you're saying that if I restrict myself to LGPL-only features and
 I use static linking (since there is no alternative on iOS) and I publish
 the necessary object files to allow static relinking of the whole
 application then I am complying with the license. Is that correct?

 I would like to bring one final issue to your attention. Some people argue
 that LGPL is incompatible with the Apple App Store license because
 although you can re-link the aforementioned application with the provided
 object files, you cannot redistribute it without paying for an App Store
 account. Others argue this is no different than paying for development
 kits under embedded platforms.

 I'm not asking you to be a lawyer. Rather, I'm asking the ffmpeg authors
 to offer a licensing "clarification" that they are aware of the
 aforementioned dispute and in gstreamer's case this does not violate the
 license if the remaining terms are respected.

Ticket URL: <https://ffmpeg.org/trac/ffmpeg/ticket/1229#comment:5>
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