[FFmpeg-devel] [VOTE] License header consistency

Diego Biurrun diego
Sun Aug 17 19:20:53 CEST 2008

On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 07:16:01PM +0200, Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski wrote:
> On Sunday, 17 August 2008 at 19:08, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> > 
> > Simple question
> > Do we require all developers to ensure that *GPL license headers are
> > precissely copy & pastes of the one master copy diego picked?
> > 
> > My vote is NO
> > 
> > my argument is that this wastes developer time that can be spend doing
> > something more usefull even if its just little time, but such little
> > times add up, and its not only time to fix the headers but also to diff
> > them against a reference before each check in.
> > Besides its neither a issue of legal correctness if a LGPL variant is
> > used that happens to have a space more or less somewhere, or uses
> > "this library" instead of "ffmpeg" or was what diego prefered 4 years ago.
> Why not simply provide a template.h and template.c with the correct headers
> already present. Or maybe template_gpl.* and template_lgpl.*.

These files already exist, just pick a random .c or .h file in FFmpeg.

> That way we could have both correct headers and less wasted developer time.

No time is wasted if you are clever enough to paste from the correct


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