[FFmpeg-devel] [VOTE] License header consistency

Diego Biurrun diego
Sun Aug 17 21:36:26 CEST 2008

On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 09:21:45PM +0200, Diego Biurrun wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 07:08:25PM +0200, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> > 
> > 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.
> Pasting the correct header from *any* file in FFmpeg takes 0.001% of the
> time it takes to write the source file and exactly 0% more time than
> pasting it from somewhere else.
> Besides, we will end up with GPL 2.1 and LGPL 2.0 headers everywhere.
> These are non-existing license versions.

Not to forget: outdated incorrect snail-mail addresses of the FSF.  They
moved and old license headers often use the wrong address.


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