[MPlayer-G2-dev] dual licensing try 2

D Richard Felker III dalias at aerifal.cx
Fri Mar 5 07:48:13 CET 2004

On Fri, Mar 05, 2004 at 05:40:28AM +0100, Diego Biurrun wrote:
> Gabucino writes:
>  > rsnel at cube.dyndns.org wrote:
>  > > (And, what Rich just said, we could assign copyright to the FSF, then
>  > > they will fight the legal battles)
>  > Now that's disturbing :)
> You proposed assigning copyright to the FSF some time ago.  I thought
> it was a good idea back then and after all the troubles we've been
> through, I agree even more today.

Well IMO there are two sides to it. On the one hand, we'd get the
benefits of legal defense of the code. But on the other hand, some
people might get pissed off if the FSF wants to be picky about GPL
headers in files, etc., and maybe they would even say the
patent-infringing code or binary-loader code in MPlayer is not
GPL-compatible and thus we can't distribute MPlayer with this stuff.

So, IMO it would require careful consideration and dialogue and
negotiation with the FSF before we decided whether or not to make such
a move. Sometimes the defense of the law isn't worth playing by its
rules, and then anarchy is preferable. :)


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