[Ffmpeg-cvslog] [ffmpeg.org]: r42 - trunk/src/legal

diego subversion
Tue Aug 29 14:59:37 CEST 2006

Author: diego
Date: Tue Aug 29 14:59:37 2006
New Revision: 42


Attempt to clarify the FFmpeg license situation by removing failed attempts
to simplify things that only get misstated when overly simplified.

Modified: trunk/src/legal
--- trunk/src/legal	(original)
+++ trunk/src/legal	Tue Aug 29 14:59:37 2006
@@ -13,24 +13,18 @@
 <?php require ('navbar.html'); ?>
 <H3>FFmpeg License</H3>
-FFmpeg is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, or LGPL.
-Essentially, this means that you are allowed to use parts of FFmpeg in
-your own application, regardless of your application's license. However, if
-you alter a part of FFmpeg in any way, <I>and subsequently distribute it</I>,
-you are expected to make those changes available under the LGPL license.
-<A HREF="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/lesser.html">This is the full text of
-the LGPL.</A>
-Be advised that FFmpeg incorporates several modules that are covered under
-The GNU General Public License, notably <I>liba52</I>, <I>libpostproc</I>
-and <I>libswscale</I>.
-If you use these components in your project, you are expected to release your
-whole application under the GPL if you distribute your project at all.
-<A HREF="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html">This is the full text of
-the GPL.</A>
+FFmpeg is licensed under the <a href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/lesser.html">
+GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)</a>.  However, FFmpeg
+incorporates several optional modules that are covered by the
+<a href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html">GNU General Public License
+(GPL)</a>, notably liba52, libpostproc and libswscale.  If those parts
+get used the GPL applies to all of FFmpeg.
+Read the license texts to learn how this affects programs built on top
+of FFmpeg or reusing FFmpeg.  You may also wish to have a look at the
+<a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html">GPL FAQ</a>.
 FFmpeg is a trademark of Fabrice Bellard, originator of the FFmpeg project.

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