VLC License Change: A lesson in perseverance

Posted by BernardSwiss on Feb 1, 2013 1:12 PM EDT
OpenLogic.com; By Jilayne Lovejoy
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I suppose it's not shocking or newsworthy (to most people) when an open source project changes its license. Some projects involve a small number of developers, making consensus around such changes easy; some projects have a contributor agreement whereby copyright is assigned to a single entity, averting the need for consensus. However, when an open source project has many contributors and no contributor agreement, then such a switch is indeed attention-grabbing. Why? Because to do so means obtaining the permission for the license change from each contributor—a task that is undoubtedly arduous and tedious, requiring an unswerving attention-to-detail and perseverance. But it can be done, as so proved by the efforts of Jean-Baptiste Kempf in switching VLC from GPLv2 to LGPLv2.1.

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