[FFmpeg-devel] License violation(s), again

Matti Hämäläinen ccr
Fri Nov 13 17:29:35 CET 2009

In the endless series of shady "video converter" software violating 
licenses of multiple free software projects, here's another one, 
"Wondershare Video Converter Platinum".


The executable offered ("video-converter-platinum_full50.exe", SHA1 sum 
3291ae163abca46d605738788ee3a86421d7e6f1) contains all the unsurprising 
usual suspects, such as parts of FFmpeg libav*, x264, LAME, and perhaps 
some others. Naturally a typical and generic wrap-up license is offered by 
the installer, with no mention of used libraries or other licenses.

The only interesting difference I found was that in this particular case 
they perpetrators have made some effort themselves and split codecs into 
separate DLLs, and apparently also stripped some error messages and such 
out - possibly to make identification harder. Enough has been left to be 
positive about this, however:

$ strings vdpCodecEx.dll | grep -i ffmpeg
If you want to help, upload a sample of this file to 
ftp://upload.ffmpeg.org/MPlayer/incoming/ and contact the ffmpeg-devel 
mailing list.

$ strings wp_h264.dll |grep -i x264

etc, etc. I'd say it's a fair bet that the other products from this 
sweatshop also infringe licenses. Well, at least they seem to be enjoying 
fruits of their hard work:


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