Add configure option to upgrade (L)GPL to version 3.
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1 FFmpeg:
2 -------
4 Most files in FFmpeg are under the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1
5 or later (LGPL v2.1+). Read the file COPYING.LGPLv2.1 for details. Some other
6 files have MIT/X11/BSD-style licenses. In combination the LGPL v2.1+ applies to
7 FFmpeg.
9 Some optional parts of FFmpeg are licensed under the GNU General Public License
10 version 2 or later (GPL v2+). See the file COPYING.GPLv2 for details. None of
11 these parts are used by default, you have to explicitly pass --enable-gpl to
12 configure to activate them. In this case, FFmpeg's license changes to GPL v2+.
14 Specifically, the GPL parts of FFmpeg are
16 - libpostproc
17 - some x86 optimizations in libswscale
18 - optional x86 optimizations in the files
19 libavcodec/x86/h264_deblock_sse2.asm
20 libavcodec/x86/h264_idct_sse2.asm
21 libavcodec/x86/idct_mmx.c
22 - the X11 grabber in libavdevice/x11grab.c
24 There are a handful of files under other licensing terms, namely:
26 * The files libavcodec/jfdctfst.c, libavcodec/jfdctint.c, libavcodec/jrevdct.c
27 are taken from libjpeg, see the top of the files for licensing details.
29 Should you, for whatever reason, prefer to use version 3 of the (L)GPL, then
30 the configure parameter --enable-version3 will activate this licensing option
31 for you. Read the file COPYING.LGPLv3 or, if you have enabled GPL parts,
32 COPYING.GPLv3 to learn the exact legal terms that apply in this case.
35 external libraries:
36 -------------------
38 Some external libraries, e.g. libx264, are under GPL and can be used in
39 conjunction with FFmpeg. They require --enable-gpl to be passed to configure
40 as well.
42 The nonfree external libraries libamrnb, libamrwb and libfaac can be hooked up
43 in FFmpeg. You need to pass --enable-nonfree to configure to enable them. Employ
44 this option with care as FFmpeg then becomes nonfree and unredistributable.
45 Note that libfaac claims to be LGPL, but is not.