Your message dated Tue, 25 May 2010 00:11:23 +0200
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and subject line Re: Bug#396646: mplayer: no permission to modify or 
redistribute mmx.h
has caused the Debian Bug report #396646,
regarding clarify mmx.h license
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Package: mplayer
Version: 1.0~rc1-1
Severity: serious
Justification: Policy 2.2.1

Hi!

First of all, many thanks for the hard work that was necessary to get
MPlayer into Debian!   :-)

There seems to be still a licensing issue, though...  :-(
According to its debian/copyright[1], mplayer includes a file named
mmx.h, whose licensing status is:

| File:     mmx.h
| Copyright: 1997-99 by H. Dietz and R. Fisher
| License:   
|         THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ``AS IS'' AND WITHOUT ANY
|         EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT
|         LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY
|         AND FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Well, this is a disclaimer of warranty, not a license.
Where's the permission to redistribute (DFSG#1)?
Where's the permission to modify (DFSG#3)?

Assuming the one quoted above is the whole "license" for the file,
mmx.h does *not* comply with the DFSG and is *not* even distributable!

The legal status of this file should be clarified, in order to get
it under a DFSG-free license.


BTW, there's another issue: the debian/copyright[1] file states:

| Name:       GSM 06.10 library
| Version:    patchlevel 10
| Homepage:   http://kbs.cs.tu-berlin.de/~jutta/toast.html
| Copyright 1992 by Jutta Degener and Carsten Bormann,  Technische Universitaet 
Berlin
| Directory:  libmpcodecs/native/
| License:
|  Any use of this software is permitted provided that this notice is
|  not removed and that neither the authors nor the Technische
|  Universitaet Berlin are deemed to have made any representations as to
|  the suitability of this software for any purpose nor are held
|  responsible for any defects of this software.  THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO
|  WARRANTY FOR THIS SOFTWARE.
|  As a matter of courtesy, the authors request to be informed about
|  uses this software has found, about bugs in this software, and about
|  any improvements that may be of general interest.

The term "use" is vague and could be interpreted in a strict sense
as meaning only "to run" or "to execute" the library.
This license should be clarified: persuading upstream to change
the first line in

] Any reproduction and use of this software, with or without modification,
] is permitted provided that this notice is

would suffice to make it unambiguously DFSG-free.


[1] 
http://packages.debian.org/changelogs/pool/main/m/mplayer/mplayer_1.0~rc1-1/mplayer.copyright


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Version: 2:1.0~rc3+svn20100502-1

On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 11:34:27 (CEST), Francesco Poli wrote:

> The debian/copyright file for mplayer still lists the old mmx.h license.

this has been fixed first in ubuntu version
2:1.0~rc3+svn20090426-1ubuntu6, and that version has now reached debian
as well:

mplayer (2:1.0~rc3+svn20090426-1ubuntu6) karmic; urgency=low

  [ Andres Mejia ]
  * Enable VDPAU support by including vdpau headers in deb packaging.

  [ Reinhard Tartler ]
  * sort build dependencies alphabetically
  * avoid using tabs - prefer space instead
  * reenable 22disable-xscreensaver.patch. The patch does work, but you
    need to have the mouse cursor INSIDE the window
  * don't build-depend on libmad, the internal mp3lib library is superiour
    for most cases these days, according to upstream. LP: #111025, #163382
  * add clarifications to the libgsm license.
  * install the TOOLS/midentify.sh script LP: #333828

 -- Reinhard Tartler <siret...@tauware.de>  Thu, 24 Sep 2009 21:09:24 +0200


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