[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] Reinstate proper FFmpeg license for all files.

Stefano Sabatini stefasab at gmail.com
Fri Aug 16 12:50:50 CEST 2013

On date Friday 2013-08-16 10:18:09 +0000, Paul B Mahol encoded:
> On 8/16/13, Thilo Borgmann <thilo.borgmann at mail.de> wrote:
> > If that would be true, forking open source would be impossible.
> > Any patch patch away from the point of fork would infringe the authors
> > copyright
> > then. But modification is explicitly allowed and the modified lines do not
> > result in relicensing.
> > Thus, I see no problem.
> >
> > And I will not discuss license-bikeshed-bulls*** any further.
> > No offense! (really)
> >
> >
> >> And I think things like lavr should not be considered "a part of FFmpeg",
> >> especially in license headers.
> >
> > True or false: We have it (lavr) in our repository?
> Still perhaps you should ask for lavr maintainer
> in FFmpeg repository for approval.

The naive interpretation of "a part of FFoo" is just that the file is
part of a given project codebase, with no copyright implications, thus
I believe it can be changed with no need to ask for file authors'
permission, assuming the copyright is not changed.

That said, IANAL and seems more a policy issue regarding the whole
project and thus should be decided by the people who do the
merging/maintainership work based on their convenience.

(Personally I don't mind much, but sure having some overall
consistency would be good and less confusing).
FFmpeg = Freak and Fantastic Magnificient Pitiless Elitist Gladiator

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