[whatwg] Google's use of FFmpeg in Chromium and Chrome
Miguel de Icaza
miguel at novell.com
Sun Jun 7 11:07:44 PDT 2009
> I also understand that the LGPL doesn't explicitly "require [anyone]
> to pass along patent rights we may have obtained elsewhere". However,
> it seems quite clear that the intention of #11 is to say that you
> cannot redistribute the code unless you do exactly that.
> What am I missing?
At this point, I am just as confused as Hakom.
I am curious if someone has contacted the FSF for the interpretation
of the LGPL in this particular case.
It would make a lot of people's life easier if they could license
patents from MPEG-LA and redistribute ffmpeg.
We are on a similar situation with Moonlight where we ended up
distributing proprietary codecs for VC1 (also MPEG-LA licensed)
instead of the open source ffmpeg.
Today our answer for those that want to use ffmpeg (and it is my
personal choice as well, since I rather dogfood open source software)
is to compile Moonlight from source code and use the ffmpeg code
themselves instead of depending on proprietary codecs to be installed.
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