[FFmpeg-devel] some licensing issues

Diego Biurrun diego
Tue Jul 10 12:01:02 CEST 2007

On Mon, Jul 09, 2007 at 04:18:25PM +0100, M?ns Rullg?rd wrote:
> Diego Biurrun wrote:
> > I've stumbled across a few more licensing issues/nitpicks:
> >
> > The following files contain the words "All rights reserved" in the
> > licensing header:
> >
> > libswscale/yuv2rgb.c
> > libswscale/yuv2rgb_mlib.c
> > libswscale/yuv2rgb_template.c
> > libavcodec/alac.c
> > libavcodec/armv4l/simple_idct_arm.S
> >
> > This wording with a subsequent grant of rights through the (L)GPL is
> > meaningless, but I'm afraid the term is one that easily raises red flags
> > when people stumble across it.  Thus I would like to remove it.
> The "All rights reserved" tag is required under one of the many
> international copyright conventions (I forget which one) for copyright
> in the work to be recognised at all.  However, since a few years, all
> signatories of this particular one have also signed the Berne
> convention, thus making this requirement moot.
> As for "All rights reserved" being present in conjunction with the LGPL,
> I see it as an initial (redundant) initialiser, with specific grants
> then given by the following text.  Hence, I don't perceive this as an
> inconsistency.  Then again, I am not a lawyer...

That's interesting to hear.

I'm still of the opinion that our license headers should be complete
consistent and as identical as possible so as not to create confusion or
doubt.  Thus I'll remove this text from the few headers where we have it
unless somebody objects.


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