Licensing of gmerlin-avdecoder regression tests

Jonas Smedegaard dr at
Sat Aug 14 21:04:48 UTC 2010

Hi Burkhard (cc public Debian multimedia team mailinglist),

I am a Debian developer and recently got involved in the maintainance of 
multimedia project packaging.

During a copyright and licensing audit I noticed an oddity of the 
headers for regression tests in your gmerlin-avdecoder project: It 
contains a copyright and parts of the standard GPL boilerplate, but 
lacks the first part actually declaring GPL as the license.

Technically you do not permit redistribution of those tests, which I 
suspect was unintentional.

I suggest you adjust the headers of those files for next release of your 

More troublesome, but maybe also more difficult to solve, I discovered 
that some source files are licensed as 4-clause BSD which is 
incompatible with GPLv2.

These are the files I found containing 4-clause BSD licensing:

   lib/os.c (at line 93)

Kind regards,

  - Jonas

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