[MPlayer-dev-eng] Relicensing MPlayer or parts of it to LGPL

wm4 nfxjfg at googlemail.com
Sun Sep 25 16:23:04 EEST 2016

On Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:43:25 +0200
Carl Eugen Hoyos <ceffmpeg at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2016-09-25 14:09 GMT+02:00 wm4 <nfxjfg at googlemail.com>:
> > On Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:52:43 +0000 (UTC)
> > Carl Eugen Hoyos <cehoyos at ag.or.at> wrote:
> >  
> >> wm4 <nfxjfg <at> googlemail.com> writes:
> >>  
> >> > To avoid this, I'm thinking of relicensing mpv to LGPL 2.1  
> >>
> >> Complete unrelated to the fact that at least one of the
> >> original copyright holders was strongly against such a
> >> relicensing:  
> (This is of course also relevant, apart from below.)
> >> Please don't, you cannot ask all authors, we even failed
> >> for a single file in FFmpeg.  
> Allow me to repeat this to make sure I am not misunderstood:
> We failed for a single file (!) in FFmpeg first to produce a
> complete list of people who have to be asked (the original
> authors of the file were forgotten) and when this was understood
> we failed to contact the original authors, no active email address
> could be found.

I forgot to ask: which file was this?

Also, FFmpeg is mostly under LGPL, so I fail to see the problem. And as
I've already mentioned, there were some MPlayer code parts that could
be relicensed before.

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