[Libav-user] Libav, licensing, h.264

Clément Bœsch ubitux at gmail.com
Wed Mar 27 05:04:00 CET 2013

On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 08:58:54PM -0700, Brad O'Hearne wrote:
> I have a need for processing of h.264 video in a commercial (for sale) product. I am aware that there are more or less two flavors of FFmpeg, one with GPL'd code compiled in, and another with GPL'd code disabled from compilation. In general, GPL governs the former, while LGPL governs the latter. I'm not aware of the exact functional boundaries of each, but I am aware that libx264 is apparently GPL'd, so that is a no-op for any commercial product. 

Yes, a detail of what is under GPL is available here:

> My question is this: is there *any* h.264 processing capability within Libav that does not fall under GPL, that is usable in a commercial product, and if so what are its limitations? Can Libav be used to handle h.264 processing in a commercial product (obviously without libx264), or no? 

The h264 decoder is under LGPL.


Note: the project is FFmpeg, not Libav.

Clément B.
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