[FFmpeg-devel] Licensing gray area

Diego Biurrun diego
Fri Jul 13 16:02:18 CEST 2007

On Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 09:47:07PM -0400, Justin Ruggles wrote:
> I'm in the process of preparing the commits for the native LGPL AC-3 
> decoder.  But I found something that may be problematic...and then again 
> may not be...
> I want to preserve the history in the SoC repository, but some of that 
> history has a GPL violation.  Part of the code is copied near-enough 
> verbatim from liba52, which is GPL, but is put under the LGPL header. 
> My subsequent commits will change that portion, rewriting the 
> problematic code, so the result will be okay.  But the violation would 
> still be in the source history.  So I'm not really sure how to approach 
> this.

This would make the revisions of libavcodec containing the problematic parts
effectively GPL, which is not a problem IMO since it just affects a few
revisions that will immediately be replaced.  You could add a note to
the commit log message, though.


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