[MPlayer-users] Re: License

Arpi arpi at thot.banki.hu
Tue Oct 9 18:15:14 CEST 2001


> > This was a concern I had before, but with the new conditions specified
> > in the docs I think this is covered. Mplayer's own code (written from
> > scratch by Arpi & co) is not released under the GPL since they want the
> > possibility to restrict redistribution of binaries. The code which is
> > borrowed from other projects are specified as still carrying the license
> > it had before.
> I wasn't aware of this. It invalidates some of what I said earlier. However,
> it raises another concern. MPlayer isn't really protected by any license,
> then. There isn't a Copyright notice to be found. That means ANYBODY could
> steal it and do whatever they wanted with it without reference, credit, or
> remuneration to the original authors. Shame...

No problem for me.
I hate all this licensing. I split free licensing to 2 type:
- freeware with closed source
- opensource

Everyone can use my demuxer code. It's free for everything.
Btw it's a very small code, just a few pages. Nothing interesting alone.
But it's enough to break binary distribution of mplayer until we solve
the modularity problems. We will solve, but later, maybe for teh 1.0
release. Now we will work on input cache, streaming, libvo2 etc.
Btw, libao2 and libvo2 is designed for plugin support. When we finished
libvo2, i'll add my _optional_ dyn loader code, it will make bin. packages
more usable.

A'rpi / Astral & ESP-team

mailto:arpi at thot.banki.hu

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