Bug#839941: whishlist ffmpeg
dr at jones.dk
Tue Oct 18 13:27:02 UTC 2016
Quoting Struminski, Marc (2016-10-18 14:47:52)
> I thought, that you can use it free in ffmpeg, becuse the header files
> of SDK says: The software is Provided "AS IS³Š.
I believe that expression most likely is intended not to grant you any
freedoms, but instead to mean "don't try sue us for implicitly promising
you that it would work for a certain use-case, and you lost millions in
investment in a now sunken business adventure" - i.e. what we in geek
community call "if it breaks, you get to keep both pieces".
Copyright laws in most jurisdictions obey the Berne convention, which
requires freedoms to be explicitly stated (and that the classic phrase
"all rights reserved" is obsolete). Stating that it is provided "as is"
does not rxpand to the range of freedoms defined as the Debian Free
Software Guidelines (later adopted as the definition for the Open Source
NB! I am not a lawyer. My guess above is based on analyzing semantics
of a multitude of MIT-like licenses, and then comparing what seems like
evolutionary trends in choice of words for various parts.
Further questions about whether some code is DFSG-free or not is best
addressed to debian-legal at lists.debian.org.
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