Re: [Matroska-general] Re: help on libmpdemux usage (Modifié par Jérôme Cornet)

Steve Lhomme steve.lhomme at
Sun Jan 18 15:36:01 CET 2004

Christian HJ Wiesner wrote:

> I wanted to see if anybody from them has the balls to comment. I know 
> they made Helix GPL, but dont you see that they are violating the GPL 
> with this ? Helix is linking to proprietary code, i.e. the codecs, and 
> this is strictly forbidden by the GPL license. The argument that there 
> '.... may be a similar plugin/framework which happens to have the same 
> interface, and is GPL ...'  is void. If its released under the GPL, it 
> must be released. If you have the sources on your HDD, and dont release 
> them, you cant apply the GPL to them, as GPL strictly regulates the 
> *DISTRIBUTION* of code, so a code that is not released can not comply 
> with the GPL.
> In short, as long as there is no GPL or L-GPL RealVideo/Audio 
> de/encoder, the complete Helix framework can not be released under GPL, 
> and is a contradiction in itself. In return, we have to make 
> libmatroska/libebml L-GPL, or we violate the GPL ourselves, now that we 
> know this.

Real has used lawyers to work on them. So I trust them more than you or 
any other coder on that matter. This problem is really not my priority :)

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