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Mplayer (almost) fully Free/GPL software?!



From the latest discusion in the mplayer mailing list:

----- Forwarded message from Arpi <arpi@thot.banki.hu> -----
Hi,

> [Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]
> In divx4_vbr.c after the gpl statemet there is this:
> 
> *  Large parts of this code were taken from VbrControl() *
> *  from the OpenDivX project, (C) divxnetworks,          *
> *  this code is published under DivX Open license, which *
> *  can be found... somewhere... oh, whatever...          *
> 
> WTF?

divx4linux is not GPL, and this file belongs to divx4 support
if you don't use divx4 or xvid (neither of them is gpl) thsi file is not
used

they (divx4/xvid authors) should include this in their lib but they don't do
so for unknown reason :(


A'rpi / Astral & ESP-team
----- End forwarded message -----

So there are some bits of code licensed under other parts non-DFSG
compatible, but removing them should solve the problem.

mplayer has already a debian tree under it, so it seems someone was
working with upstream to get it ready.

J

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