[FFmpeg-user] License FFmpeg under GPL v3

Aaron Boxer boxerab at gmail.com
Tue Mar 29 14:59:09 CEST 2016

On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 8:45 AM, Carl Eugen Hoyos <cehoyos at ag.or.at> wrote:

> Aaron Boxer <boxerab <at> gmail.com> writes:
> > Sorry for another license question, but is it possible to license
> > FFmpeg under GPL v3 ?  I know that GPL v2 is possible.
> >
> > And GPL v2 states that the software can be released under a
> > later version of GPL i.e. GPL v3.
> No, the GPL v2 does not state that you can distribute software
> under the terms of of GPL version 2 or "any later version".

Thanks, Carl.  Here is what I see in the FFmpeg LICENSE file:

Some optional parts of FFmpeg are licensed under the GNU General Public
License version 2 or later (GPL v2+). See the file COPYING.GPLv2 for
details. None of these parts are used by default, you have to explicitly
pass --enable-gpl to configure to activate them. In this case, FFmpeg's
license changes to GPL v2+.

So, it does look like v3 is acceptable.


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