[whatwg] Google's use of FFmpeg in Chromium and Chrome Was: Re: MPEG-1 subset proposal for HTML5 video codec

Looping in Danny (in transit)

On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 1:38 AM, Geoffrey Sneddon
<foolistbar at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On 2 Jun 2009, at 02:58, Chris DiBona wrote:
>> One participant quoted one of the examples from the LGPL 2.1, which
>> says "For example, if a patent license would not permit royalty-free
>> redistribution of the Library by all those who receive copies directly
>> or indirectly through you, then the only way you could satisfy both it
>> and this License would be to refrain entirely from distribution of the
>> Library."
> I'm still unclear as to how this does not apply to Chrome's case. If I get a
> copy of Chrome, you are bound (by the LGPL) to provide me with a copy of the
> source ffmpeg, and I must be able to redistribute that in either binary or
> source form. I would, however, get in trouble for not having paid patent
> fees for doing so. Hence, as that example concludes, you cannot distribute
> ffmpeg whatsoever.
> --
> Geoffrey Sneddon
> <http://gsnedders.com/>

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