Bug#583758: gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad: linking against libvpx makes package unredistributable

Sebastian Dröge slomo at circular-chaos.org
Fri Jun 4 04:14:38 UTC 2010

severity 583758 important

Ok, after some further thoughts I'm lowering the severity of this to
important. IMO the patent license is definitely not incompatible with
the GPLv3 and LGPLv3 and the GStreamer license is LGPLv2 or any later

Reason for this is, that everybody seems to agree that the (L)GPLv3 is
compatible with the Apache License 2.0, which has a very similar, but
slightly stricter (because of "each Contributor" instead of only
Google), patent license paragraph:

> 3. Grant of Patent License. Subject to the terms and conditions of
> this License, each Contributor hereby grants to You a perpetual,
> worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, irrevocable (except
> as stated in this section) patent license to make, have made, use,
> offer to sell, sell, import, and otherwise transfer the Work, where
> such license applies only to those patent claims licensable by such
> Contributor that are necessarily infringed by their Contribution(s)
> alone or by combination of their Contribution(s) with the Work to
> which such Contribution(s) was submitted. If You institute patent
> litigation against any entity (including a cross-claim or counterclaim
> in a lawsuit) alleging that the Work or a Contribution incorporated
> within the Work constitutes direct or contributory patent
> infringement, then any patent licenses granted to You under this
> License for that Work shall terminate as of the date such litigation
> is filed.

I'm keeping the severity at important because GPLv2 incompatibility is
still a problem. There are some GPLv2-only packages out there
unfortunately, but this is not really a new problem.
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