Bug#317129: gstreamer0.8-mad: License must be GPL, not LGPL
LoÃ¯c Minier <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed, 6 Jul 2005 18:41:03 +0200
On Wed, Jul 06, 2005, Bastian Kleineidam wrote:
> since the MAD library is GPL licensed, and the gstreamer0.8-mad plugin
> loads it in the address space with dlopen() the gstreamer0.8-mad
> packet must be released under GPL, not under the LGPL.
Thanks for your report. I'll ship the upstream README which mentions
PLUG-IN DEPENDENCIES AND LICENSES
GStreamer is developed under the terms of the LGPL (see LICENSE file for
details). Some of our plug-ins however rely on libraries which are available
under other licenses. This means that if you are using an application which
has a non-GPL compatible license (for instance a closed-source application)
with GStreamer, you have to make sure not to use GPL-linked plug-ins.
When using GPL-linked plug-ins, GStreamer is for all practical reasons
under the GPL itself.
There is a LICESENSE_readme file containing licensing information on the plugins
(That "LICESENSE_readme" is not to be found, I'll bother upstream about
> Subsequently, if you install this package, your gstreamer0.8 license
> also changes to the GPL. This should be noted in both gstreamer0.8
> and gstreamer0.8-mad copyright files.
I might note it in the copyright file too.
The problem is actually double as some plugins are GPL themselves, for
example the jack plugin.
Loïc Minier <email@example.com>
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