Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 11:09 UTC
Multimedia, AV The Fluendo people have fully licensed the mp3 audio codec with redistribution rights in place, meaning that future versions of Fedora or Ubuntu will be able to support mp3 out of the box. "In order to improve the GNU/Linux and Unix multimedia experience Fluendo announced today the immediate availability of their MP3 plug-in for the GStreamer multimedia framework. The MP3 decoder is available free of charge both for individual end users and GNU/Linux and Unix distribution makers. In addition to making their licensed binary plug-in available to the public Fluendo also released the source code to this MP3 plug-in under the very permissive MIT license allowing all kind of developers and companies access to it."
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RE: Watch out
by hyper on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 13:39 UTC in reply to "Watch out"
hyper
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2005-06-29

Is it just me, or is this "licence compatibility" thing becoming ridiculous?

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RE[2]: Watch out
by BryanFeeney on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 14:02 in reply to "RE: Watch out"
BryanFeeney Member since:
2005-07-06

That's just the legal system. Trying to let everyone do everything without losing anything requires jumping through a whole lot of hoops.

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Well, you have an opportunity...
by on Fri 23rd Dec 2005 17:38 in reply to "RE: Watch out"
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Suggest changes in GPL 3.0 that would specify some type of license compatibility terms. Stallman & co. are now taking input. Go ahead - relay your concerns. I bet they're already thinking about these type of issues, but it can't hurt to hear from you.

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John Nilsson Member since:
2005-07-06

Quote from http://gplv3.fsf.org/process-definition

While the GPL is the most popular Free Software License, followed by the LGPL, a significant set of free software is licensed under other terms which are not compatible with version 2 of the GPL. Version 3 of the GPL will provide compatibility with more non-GPL free licenses.

but

Our cardinal principle is to make no change impeding any of the four basic freedoms for software users that the free software movement enshrined in GPL version 2: to run, study, copy, modify and redistribute software.

Edited 2005-12-24 02:19

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