Opened 9 years ago

Last modified 8 years ago

#4735 reopened license violation

Kaltura ships ffmpeg with --non-free and violates (L)GPL

Reported by: Kieran Kunhya Owned by:
Priority: normal Component: undetermined
Version: unspecified Keywords:
Cc: Blocked By:
Blocking: Reproduced by developer: yes
Analyzed by developer: no


Following discussion on IRC I put this here:

Kaltura's buildscripts include ffmpeg built with non-free:

This was reported to them but no change for two months:

Change History (8)

comment:1 by Cigaes, 9 years ago

The script itself is not infringement. Do they distribute the resulting binaries?

comment:2 by Kieran Kunhya, 9 years ago


--prefix=opt/kaltura/ffmpeg-2.1.3 --libdir=opt/kaltura/ffmpeg-2.1.3/lib --shlibdir=opt/kaltura/ffmpeg-2.1.3/lib --extra-cflags=' -fPIC -I/opt/kaltura/include' --extra-ldflags=-L/opt/kaltura/lib --disable-devices --enable-bzlib --enable-libfaac --enable-libgsm --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libschroedinger --enable-libtheora --enable-libvorbis --enable-libx264 --enable-libxvid --enable-filter=movie --enable-avfilter --enable-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-libvpx --enable-libspeex --enable-libass --enable-postproc --enable-pthreads --enable-static --enable-shared --enable-gpl --disable-debug --disable-optimizations --enable-libfdk-aac --enable-nonfree --enable-gpl --enable-nonfree --enable-libfdk-aac --enable-pthreads --enable-swscale --enable-vdpau --enable-bzlib --disable-devices --enable-filter=movie --enable-version3 --enable-x11grab

Last edited 9 years ago by Kieran Kunhya (previous) (diff)

comment:3 by jess portnoy, 9 years ago


I would just like to update you that we are in the process of attempting to utilise ffmpeg's internal implementation of AAC, mentioned here:

That would mean we can eliminate use of FDK_AAC and libfaac and therefore will no longer require the nonfree compilation flag.

I will keep you posted shortly.


comment:5 by Carl Eugen Hoyos, 9 years ago

Reproduced by developer: set
Status: newopen

I just downloaded the fine kaltura-ffmpeg2.1.3_amd64.deb (size 13073854, md5sum 045ce00de2b68dba8469e39111cffa08): It is a binary distribution of FFmpeg, contains non-free libraries and was compiled with the --enable-nonfree option.

comment:6 by jess portnoy, 8 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: openclosed


You did not specify where you got the deb from but I assume it was from:

This was an old left over which I just deleted. It was never actually used when installing Kaltura CE nor was it referenced in any of our repos.

Note that since we make use of a CDN, it may take time for it to be updated cross all edges.

If you see it anywhere else, please let me know.

comment:7 by Carl Eugen Hoyos, 8 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: closedreopened

Where can I find the current installer?

comment:8 by Carl Eugen Hoyos, 8 years ago

The MEncoder distribution I found still contains a non-free version of libavcodec linked against libfaac.

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