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Re: Bug#531040: ITP: xvidcore -- High quality ISO MPEG4 ASP codec library



On Fri, 29 May 2009 17:40:05 -0500 Gunnar Wolf wrote:

> brian m. carlson dijo [Fri, May 29, 2009 at 10:34:36PM +0000]:
> > >> Permission is hereby granted to use, copy, modify, and distribute this
> > >>    software (or portions thereof) for any purpose, without fee, subject to these
> > >>    conditions:
> > >>    (1) If any part of the source code for this software is distributed, then this
> > >>    README file must be included, with this copyright and no-warranty notice
> > >>    unaltered; and any additions, deletions, or changes to the original files
> > >>    must be clearly indicated in accompanying documentation.
> > 
> > I don't know if this is compatible with the GPLv2.  The requirement to
> > include the README file may be considered an additional restriction.
> 
> Well, the original author is free to choose any (coherent) licensing
> scheme for his work.

Yes, as long as it is coherent, as you say.

> The original author can choose to use GPL plus an
> extra restriction

No, I don't think he/she can, because the resulting licensing is
self-contradictory, and thus not coherent.

To be more precise, he/she can, but the result is self-contradictory
and probably not useable as a valid license.

See this thread
http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/05/msg00298.html
and especially:
http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/05/msg00303.html
http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/05/msg00309.html


The following disclaimers apply: IANAL, TINLA.

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