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Re: Bug#176267: ITP: mplayer -- Mplayer is a full-featured audioand video player for UN*X like systems

Don Armstrong wrote:
> There have already been numerous legal issues discussed in the mplayer
> saga, ranging from licensing irregularities to copyright problems and
> patent issues.
That's fine to say, but if you let us know what they are, and we'll comment/fix

So far there are libmpeg2 changes: we have no interest to fix that, as even
libmpeg2 author Michael Lespinasse took part of it, so it's unlikely that he's
gonna sue himself for his own code.

MPlayer's debian package maintainer will have to fix that, as the spoken
ChangeLog has no reason to be included in our CVS tree. And it will not be.

> Unfortunatly, no one in the mplayer team seems to think these legal
> issues are important
False. AFAIR around 0.50 we checked our code for license infringing, and
solved them either by contacting its author and requested permission for
GPL relicensing, or by rewriting the code in question.
If MPlayer is not 100% GPL (except lrmi.c, but that can be left out,
sacrificing the very useful VESA video output), we are willing to fix it.

> Until that happens, mplayer will (probably) not be in Debian.
Just be cautious, don't take an argument which also applies to xine ;)

MPlayer Core Team
  "not sure how we will proceed here - xine's potential in the video
   processing field is imho so great that i certainly don't want to miss
   the chance to work into that direction." - Guenter, xine developer

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