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Re: Royalty free gstreamer plug-in



On 12/23/05, Rahul Sundaram <sundaram redhat com> wrote:
> Real Player was available
> previously if the project wanted to do that.

RealPlayer was a bit different... there was no source code available
for real's codecs. and on top of that realplayer  didnt really work
inside the framework of other applications. It wasn't so much a
"codec" as a seperate highly redudant and poorly integrated
application. Who needs that crap.

The gst plugin on the other hand has appropriately licensed source
code, source code that Fedora can distribute and source code that can
be redistributed by downstream users of Fedora.  That's a huge
difference from realplayer.  The MIT copyright license has very
different implications concerned re-distribution than the GPL licensed
codebases we have seen before.  The MIT license doesn't self-terminate
re-distribution of the sourcecode when patent restrictions on binaries
become invovled.   The situation is definitely worth taking a closer
look at.

-jef


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