[MPlayer-users] Re: License

Andrew Suffield asuffield at users.sourceforge.net
Tue Oct 9 19:33:17 CEST 2001

On Tue, Oct 09, 2001 at 05:15:41PM +0200, Cyan Ogilvie wrote:
> -------
> Copyright Arpi and co 2001.  Anyone obtaining the source code to the 
> software has the right to redistribute it, providing this copyright
> notice is kept intact, to compile binary code from it for their own
> use, but may not distribute these binaries.  The user may modify the
> source code and redistribute these changes, as long as the changes
> carry this copyright (derivative work), and give credit to the
> original authors.  The act of linking a library against the mplayer
> source code does constitute a derivative work.
> This software carries absolutely no warrenty or implied warrenty and
> the authors are not liable for any damages resulting from it's use in
> any way.
> -------

Under this license it would not be legal for anybody to distribute or
use mplayer, as it links with GPL libraries. Note sections 2b, 4, 5
and 7 of the GPL. Mplayer must be licensed either entirely under the
GPL, or not at all.

Currently, with the opendivx stuff still in place, this applies. This
makes mplayer personal use only - nobody can redistribute it.

(IANAL, but this is fairly basic stuff - see the GPL FAQ for hints)

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