[vlc-devel] [PATCH] patches applied to VLC

Dominique Leuenberger dominique at leuenberger.net
Tue Nov 15 16:41:00 CET 2011

On Tue, 2011-11-15 at 10:13 -0500, Rafaël Carré wrote: 
> Hi,
> I paste inline all the 5 patches we apply to live555 in VLC.
> Starting with 1.2 if the first patch is not detected by VLC configure,
> VLC will refuse to build unless live555 code is disabled.
> Patches 1 through 4 are Copyright (C) Rémi Denis-Courmont and GPLv2 or later.
> He did choose GPL and not LGPL as retaliation against you not providing 
> access to a version control system and thus making our work harder in 
> maintaining patches for live555.

Nice... That means I can not distribute the resulting binary as LGPL
anymore, due to the inclusion of GPLv2 code.

Distribution as GPLv2 code is not really possible, as you can hardly
consider LIVE555 a derivative work of those patches... thus changing the
license of the derivative to the common denominator (GPLv2) is a no-go. 

Was that considered as well? Or shall we packagers just not ship live555
anymore at all? (Which seems the only solution: either legal
infringement or no support anyway).

I'll gladly learn more about the license issue we're facing here though.
Maybe I got it completely wrong :P


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