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Re: Bug#349693: ITP: gst-fluendo-mp3 -- MP3 decoder plugin for GStreamer

On Tue, 2006-01-24 at 20:52 +0100, Mike Hommey wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 24, 2006 at 06:58:14PM +0100, Loïc Minier <lool@dooz.org> wrote:
> > Package: wnpp
> > Severity: wishlist
> > Owner: Loic Minier <lool@dooz.org>
> > 
> > * Package name    : gst-fluendo-mp3
> >   Version         : 0.10.0
> >   Upstream Author : Jan Schmidt <jan@fluendo.com>
> > * URL             : http://www.fluendo.com/resources/fluendo_mp3.php
> > * License         : MIT
> >   Description     : Fluendo mp3 decoder GStreamer plugin
> >  This GStreamer plugin permits decoding of MPEG 1 audio layer III
> >  streams.  It is derived from the ISO MPEG dist10 reference package.
> >  .
> >  This plugin differs from the GStreamer MAD plugin in that it doesn't
> >  depend on a GPL library.
> >  .
> >  http://www.fluendo.com/resources/fluendo_mp3.php
> What about the "redistribution contract" that "any distribution or Unix
> maker out there who want to include the Fluendo MP3 plug-in with their
> distribution" have to sign "to become an official redistributor" ?

AFAIK that's only if you want to distribute their binary. If you want to
distribute their source, then that's just the MIT license.

However, why are we packaging this if we're not going to sign that?
Plenty of GPLd applications in Debian still use GStreamer, so this
doesn't solve a real problem. I would rather see either
 1) -ugly get past NEW, we get MAD, users get MP3 decoding, situation
    stays as its been for years, or 
 2) We take the patent issue seriously, and drop all MP3 support.

(Speaking with my hat as a DD, and as upstream maintainer of an MP3
player that uses GStreamer and doesn't want to deal with two sets of MP3
decoding bugs.)
Joe Wreschnig <piman@debian.org>

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