[Matroska-devel] Licensing question

Ivan Burnin ivanburnin at hushmail.com
Wed Oct 5 13:19:26 CEST 2005

I've got a licensing question, I know this horse has been beaten to death, 
but it had a foal.

Here's the situation. I have an application (pending funding and 
negotiations) that will be legally distributing video. Because of the nature 
of the video I have pseudonymed myself because I don't know if the Matroska 
developers would want to be associated with it (I will gladly denym myself 
if the developers agree under private disclosure). Additionally, because of 
the DRM necessary it may be necessary to make changes to the root code 
(obviously donated back). The initial target viewer is Windows Media Player, 
so the changes should be fairly minor.

I'm not concerned about the legal aspects, any half-witted lawyer could 
guide me through that process, in fact I wouldn't even need a lawyer. 
Instead I'm asking about the social contract. My view is quite simple; this 
was developed by people that deserve recognition of their preferred form. So 
what I'm asking is what form do the developers want this recognition in? I 
had considered revisiting the earlier suggestion of a licensing authority 
which would pay some amount to the core developers, or alternately 
attempting to keep a position available should one of the developers need 
it. I'm willing to listen to opinions and would actually _like_ to pay some 
form of licensing fee.

On the licensing fee, in whatever form. I want to see Matroska become 
better, and I realize that having licensing fees (in whatever form) involved 
greatly increases the odds of that happening. Obviously this would be purely 
a social contract proposition, but you all deserve recognition for your work 
and I do my best to give recognition where recognition is due.

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