Bug#515850: RFP: mjpegtools - MJPEG video capture/editting/playback MPEG encoding
[ CC'ed ftp-master, please see below ]
José Manuel Santamaría Lema <email@example.com> writes:
> It should be great if someone can package this tools for debian, a software
> which I'm packaging depend on this tools.
are you willing to package it under the pkg-multimedia umbrella?
> Its already packaged in ubuntu multiverse:
> There is also a version in debian-multimedia:
Sure, ubuntu has imported some packages from marillat, including
> I don't understand why mjpegtools is in ubuntu multiverse because as
> far as I know, ubuntu multiverse is non-free software, but mjpegtools
> seems to be free software as its dependencies.
The debian/copyright file is close to useless. You need to inspect the
source manually to get an idea of its legal status.
>From mpeg2enc/mpeg2coder.cc (but there are many similar comments in mpeg2enc/*.cc):
* Disclaimer of Warranty
* These software programs are available to the user without any license fee or
* royalty on an "as is" basis. The MPEG Software Simulation Group disclaims
* any and all warranties, whether express, implied, or statuary, including any
* implied warranties or merchantability or of fitness for a particular
* purpose. In no event shall the copyright-holder be liable for any
* incidental, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever
* arising from the use of these programs.
* This disclaimer of warranty extends to the user of these programs and user's
* customers, employees, agents, transferees, successors, and assigns.
* The MPEG Software Simulation Group does not represent or warrant that the
* programs furnished hereunder are free of infringement of any third-party
* Commercial implementations of MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video, including shareware,
* are subject to royalty fees to patent holders. Many of these patents are
* general enough such that they are unavoidable regardless of implementation
One can now argue what "commercial implementation" actually means. I'm
still waiting for ftp-master to comment on this, but AFAIUI, I don't see
why debian wouldn't be able to ship the binaries of mjpegtools, lame and
similar free software in non-free.
non-free as a convenience for users, that build assemble and sell
pre-installed and pre-configured devices running debian.
ftp-master, can you please comment on adding this kind software to
Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4
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