Subject: Re: clarify the lame license?
To: Greg Troxel <>
From: Alistair Crooks <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/03/2005 16:15:08
On Thu, Feb 03, 2005 at 09:10:17AM -0500, Greg Troxel wrote:
> But, certainly whatever info is in the distribution should be pulled
> into the license file, so people can make their own decisions.
>   LICENSE=       fee-based-commercial-use
> This doesn't make sense.  Patents don't distinguish between commercial
> and non-commercial use, and I didn't see anything on the web when
> looking just now that indicates a royalty-free license is granted for
> noncommercial use of encoding.

In pkgsrc, when dealing with licensing issues, we err on the side of

cvs annotate tells me:

1.28         (wiz      27-Aug-03): LICENSE=     fee-based-commercial-use

and the log entry is:

> revision 1.28
> date: 2003/08/27 08:32:54;  author: wiz;  state: Exp;  lines: +3 -1
> While lame may be under the GPL, using it or other mp3 software in
> commercial (and perhaps other) projects is only allowed under a license, see
> Restore LICENSE line.