Fwd: Fluendo MP3 GStreamer Plugin in Main for Dapper?

James Livingston doclivingston at gmail.com
Mon Jan 2 01:00:11 GMT 2006

On Mon, 2006-01-02 at 00:17 +0200, Aigars Mahinovs wrote:
> 1. Rythmbox is GPL. Gstreamer is LGPL. As soon as Rythmbox links with
> Gstreamer, the result is derrived work licenced under GPL. This now
> prevents using the MP3 plugin because of 7. section of GPL. The
> workaround is to make an amendment to Rythmox licence specifically
> allowing linking non-GPL Gstreamer plugins and removing any patent
> bariers from the copyright side.

Changing Rhythmbox's licence would solve that issue. However it doesn't
solve the issue of other GPL-licenced gstreamer-using applications
though. There may not be any others shipped by default, or even in main,
but it doesn't mean there won't be.

This will rear it's ugly head again if the planned gstreamer-based esd
replacement (for gnome apps going Boing) happens. What if there are core
Gnome apps that are GPL licenced and use GStreamer? Replacing them
wouldn't really be an option.


James "Doc" Livingston
The problem with eating a high-fibre diet is that, before you know it,
your lower bowel will have attracted a whole mass of backhoes. -- Tanuki
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