[vlc-devel] (java) bindings license
rem at videolan.org
Thu Mar 13 15:16:52 CET 2008
Le Thursday 13 March 2008 15:53:03 Filippo Carone, vous avez écrit :
> Going straight to the topic, the core question is, is it
> reasonable/possible for you to license bindings (java bindings, for what
> I am concerned) under a LGPL library?
libvlc-control is unarguably a derived work of libvlc.
Relicensing libvlc-control _alone_ under LGPL might be do-able, but any
distribution thereof will still fall under GPL anyway, until/unless libvlc as
a whole is relicensed.
> I'm asking you so, because I see the bindings much more as a library than an
> application. Speaking about the java bindings, vlc sources are not needed
> when you compile them, but only at runtime.
As far as I know, compile-time or run-time dependency makes no difference in
term of being a derivative in a copyright sense.
> If you have the java bindings
> jar and run it without having vlc installed on the computer, an exception
> will be thrown and I'm committing a change which asks the user to install
> vlc on the system to proceed.
Looks like an attempt to work-around the distribution requirements of the
license. This is probably very shaky legally speaking.
> Before closing the mail I point you to a LGPL library already
> encapsulating vlc as a player through the Activex:
> Is this a violation?
It is not a violation until it's proven, but this looks suspicious to me.
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