[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] Re: Abuse on the ApplicationCatalog page

From: Peter Robinson pbrobinson at gmail.com
Date: Wed Apr 5 18:48:49 EEST 2006
On 4/5/06, Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller <christian at fluendo.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-04-05 at 14:22 +0300, Jussi Kukkonen wrote:
> > Hi Ted,
> > Could you set your mail program to use some kind of quoting, like ">"?
> > Reading your response is quite difficult.
> >
> > Ted Teah wrote:
> > > If you download the trial and extract the software in the installer run
> > > stings | grep copyright on the dll's and you will see results for HP,
> > > reference to the GPL and ffmpeg.  For any one this is to complex for I
> > > will send you the results of these commands.  I don't think that maemo
> > > should encourage the violation of the license which is the foundation
> > > for the FOSS world.
> > >
> >
> > ffmpeg itself is totally LGPL. So, using unmodified ffmpeg library in a
> > proprietary application, without releasing any source, is fine.
> >  Of course this doesn't mean there aren't other license problems with
> > the "Nokia" Media Studio, but let's be sure before accusing anyone...
> This is very inaccurate and your description would be more true of a
> BSD/MIT licensed library. LGPL actually have a lot of terms coming with
> it when being bundled with an application like this.  There are rules
> about giving clear notice with your application that a LGPL library is
> used. You need to provide anyone getting your application the source or
> the option to get *your* copy of the source of the LGPL code. Many
> people let this mean 'pointing to the upstream source', but the LGPL
> doesn't really allow for this.
> There are also relatively strict rules about static linking if I
> remember correctly and there are of course the patent/license conflicts
> in part of the world.
> Might be that they have all these issues covered correctly, I haven't
> looked into it myself, but I am a bit skeptical of it.

There is also different licenses for ffmpeg dependant on which
features you compile in, if you include t he modules that are GPL your
expected to license your application under the GPL too. See the legal
page here http://ffmpeg.sourceforge.net/legal.php


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