[FFmpeg-user] Can I use FFmpeg.exe command line in my proprietary software

googol at wolke7.net googol at wolke7.net
Mon Aug 8 17:13:16 CEST 2011

> Whatever "the ffmpeg project" is, it's a sort of 
> amorphous blob of people who claim to be involved in development, with 
> no real definition of who's in charge, who can speak with authority, who 
> can say "yes do that, that's OK" and have that actually be binding. 
> Right now, anyone could say anything and someone else could countermand 
> it a week later.

That is why from a legal perspective (which seems to be what you are 
interested in) it does not matter what someone *says*. For it to be 
legally binding, you would have to prove that you concluded an oral 
contract (or via e-mail). Good luck with that. Why would you want to do 
that? It's just calling for trouble. There already *is* a written 
contract (the licence). This is the set of rules which are legally binding.

This is the legal side of the issue. Concerning the moral/ethical side 
there have been lots of replies already.

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