[FFmpeg-devel] Probable WunderRadio ffmpeg LGPL violation

Michael Niedermayer michaelni
Wed Jan 14 23:42:56 CET 2009

On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 09:21:03PM +0100, Benjamin Larsson wrote:
> Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 08:04:16PM +0100, Reimar D?ffinger wrote:
> >> On Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 07:48:53PM +0100, Michael Niedermayer wrote:
> >>> AFAIK & IANAL the iphone only runs applications that are cryptographically
> >>> signed by apple (not counting things like javascript and not counting hacked
> >>> aka jailbroken iphones)
> >> Not quite, you can basically run self-compiled apps. But since the
> >> toolkit to do that costs money, they might have a problem, except that
> >> I think that this signing is no problem with the *GPL v2 licenses...
> > 
> > The idea behind the  *GPL is to allow users to freely modify and redistribute
> > programs. This clearly is not the case here, either every user has to buy
> > the sdk / toolkit and compile themselfs, an action surely unreasonable to
> > expect from an average user of a mobile phone,
> > or the developer who modified the code needs to
> > get apple to sign it, something that apple can and does refuse in some cases.
> > 
> I think this is the TIVO-ization loophole that (L)GPLv3 closed.

Iam a developer not a lawyer, so please forgive that i didnt follow all
the license legalese of the past :)

Anyway this is what happens when one writes long complicated things instead
of saying what one meant.

"Keep it free, easy to improve, use and distribute."

Michael     GnuPG fingerprint: 9FF2128B147EF6730BADF133611EC787040B0FAB

I wish the Xiph folks would stop pretending they've got something they
do not.  Somehow I fear this will remain a wish. -- M?ns Rullg?rd
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