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FFmpeg distribution help

Don Fotheringham
Hello,

We have developed software that requires the distribution of FFmpeg
(included in the download). Our intention is to sell the software.
Who do I contact to inquire further about how to proceed regarding
permission, royalties, fees etc.?

Thank you,
Don Fotheringham
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Re: FFmpeg distribution help

Carl Zwanzig
On 8/5/2020 1:26 PM, Don Fotheringham wrote:
> We have developed software that requires the distribution of FFmpeg
> (included in the download). Our intention is to sell the software.
> Who do I contact to inquire further about how to proceed regarding
> permission, royalties, fees etc.?

Since ffmpeg is licensed under the LGPL, it would be good to start with
https://ffmpeg.org/legal.html and http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html.
That should pretty much cover things.

A search of this mailing list will turn up similar info. See also
https://ffmpeg.org/mailing-list-faq.html.

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Re: FFmpeg distribution help

Don Fotheringham
Thanks Carl.
I have looked at those pages and remain confused.
Audacity includes the screenshot below which leads me to think we are dead
in the water with our plans to include FFmpeg in our install.
Is there no procedure that allows for some path to an agreement of user
fees or whatever?

[image: image.png]

On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 1:33 PM Carl Zwanzig <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On 8/5/2020 1:26 PM, Don Fotheringham wrote:
> > We have developed software that requires the distribution of FFmpeg
> > (included in the download). Our intention is to sell the software.
> > Who do I contact to inquire further about how to proceed regarding
> > permission, royalties, fees etc.?
>
> Since ffmpeg is licensed under the LGPL, it would be good to start with
> https://ffmpeg.org/legal.html and http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html.
>
> That should pretty much cover things.
>
> A search of this mailing list will turn up similar info. See also
> https://ffmpeg.org/mailing-list-faq.html.
>
> z!
> just another reader of this list
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Re: FFmpeg distribution help

Paul B Mahol
On 8/5/20, Don Fotheringham <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Thanks Carl.
> I have looked at those pages and remain confused.
> Audacity includes the screenshot below which leads me to think we are dead
> in the water with our plans to include FFmpeg in our install.
> Is there no procedure that allows for some path to an agreement of user
> fees or whatever?

FFmpeg do not own any patent(s).

>
> [image: image.png]
>
> On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 1:33 PM Carl Zwanzig <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>> On 8/5/2020 1:26 PM, Don Fotheringham wrote:
>> > We have developed software that requires the distribution of FFmpeg
>> > (included in the download). Our intention is to sell the software.
>> > Who do I contact to inquire further about how to proceed regarding
>> > permission, royalties, fees etc.?
>>
>> Since ffmpeg is licensed under the LGPL, it would be good to start with
>> https://ffmpeg.org/legal.html and
>> http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html.
>>
>> That should pretty much cover things.
>>
>> A search of this mailing list will turn up similar info. See also
>> https://ffmpeg.org/mailing-list-faq.html.
>>
>> z!
>> just another reader of this list
>> _______________________________________________
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>> https://ffmpeg.org/mailman/listinfo/ffmpeg-user
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>
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Re: FFmpeg distribution help

Carl Zwanzig
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Hello,

Please read the mailing list FAQ which instructs people not to top-post.

On 8/5/2020 1:45 PM, Don Fotheringham wrote:
> Is there no procedure that allows for some path to an agreement of user
> fees or whatever?

There is not; the GPL and LGPL don't need one, follow the compliance
checklist on the legal page and move on. Be mindful of patents, which are
discussed at the bottom of the legal page.

You'll find a lot of info searching on "using lgpl in commercial software",
including http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/439136.html


So, you your organization _requires_ a specific agreement naming all the
parties, you/they will be out of luck. OTOH, if you/they are comfortable
with the LGPL, make a good attempt to comply and there shouldn't be any
problems.

Later,

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Re: FFmpeg distribution help

slhuilli
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have you read first this page : https://ffmpeg.org/legal.html
Maybe you will find yous answers

Le mer. 5 août 2020 à 22:26, Don Fotheringham <[hidden email]> a
écrit :

> Hello,
>
> We have developed software that requires the distribution of FFmpeg
> (included in the download). Our intention is to sell the software.
> Who do I contact to inquire further about how to proceed regarding
> permission, royalties, fees etc.?
>
> Thank you,
> Don Fotheringham
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Re: FFmpeg distribution help

kumowoon1025
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Hi,

> We have developed software that requires the distribution of FFmpeg
> (included in the download). Our intention is to sell the software.
> Who do I contact to inquire further about how to proceed regarding
> permission, royalties, fees etc.?


Run ffmpeg -L to see which license is applicable.

Regards,
Ted Park

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Re: FFmpeg distribution help

Carl Eugen Hoyos-2
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Am Mi., 5. Aug. 2020 um 22:26 Uhr schrieb Don Fotheringham
<[hidden email]>:

> We have developed software that requires the distribution of FFmpeg
> (included in the download). Our intention is to sell the software.

> Who do I contact to inquire further about how to proceed regarding
> permission, royalties, fees etc.?

You have to ask your intellectual property lawyer, to the best of my
knowledge, no IP lawyer is posting on this mailing list.

If you are only interested in permission to distribute binaries based
on FFmpeg source code (and not in royalties and fees - we know
nothing about those), please read: https://www.ffmpeg.org/legal.html

If you decide that you want to ask more questions:
Before posting again, find out what "top posting" means and
avoid it here!

Carl Eugen
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