[Libav-user] FFmpeg License Violation - What Are My Remedies?

Phil Turmel philip at turmel.org
Wed Oct 10 19:45:14 CEST 2012

On 10/10/2012 01:34 PM, Matthew Lawrence wrote:
> I recently purchased an app from Google Play that incorporates the FFmpeg
> library.  Because the app is a derivative work under the LGPLv2.1, I
> believe I am entitled to a copy of the source code for the entire app.  I
> have e-mailed the developer's support staff, but they are refusing to
> release the source code.  I have cited the LGPL to them, but hey claim they
> are required to provide only the source code for the FFmpeg library.  I
> believe that they are in violation of the license and are violating both my
> legal rights and those of the FFmpeg team.

If in fact they only shipped an LGPL binary of ffmpeg, you are *not*
entitled to their entire source code.

Please re-read the LGPL, noting that LGPL != GPL.

Also, you might re-read http://ffmpeg.org/legal.html

IANAL, etc.


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