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  1. Moodle
  2. MDL-19117

Clarification on the license of the mediaplugin filter (flvplayer/mp3player)

    Details

    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Minor
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: 1.6.9, 1.7.7, 1.8.8, 1.9.4
    • Fix Version/s: 1.6.9+, 1.7.7+, 1.8.9, 1.9.5
    • Component/s: Documentation
    • Labels:
      None
    • Affected Branches:
      MOODLE_16_STABLE, MOODLE_17_STABLE, MOODLE_18_STABLE, MOODLE_19_STABLE
    • Fixed Branches:
      MOODLE_16_STABLE, MOODLE_17_STABLE, MOODLE_18_STABLE, MOODLE_19_STABLE

      Description

      There is a Debian bug against moodle:

      http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=526543

      which is basically asking for clarification of this blurb:

      The FLV player is by Jeroen Wijering - www.jeroenwijering.com
      and included in Moodle by his permission under the GPL.

      (from filter/mediaplugin/flvplayer.README.txt)

      So ideally I'd like to expand this into a proper copyright statement in that README.txt file and close the Debian bug in the next point release.

      Would you happen to have the original email around so that we can see whether that permission is to release this code under:

      1- any version of the GPL
      2- GPL version 2 or later
      3- GPL version 2 only

      Also, I'm assuming that both mp3player and flvplayer are covered by this permission. Is that correct?

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            dougiamas Martin Dougiamas added a comment -

            I'd assume the same GPL level as Moodle (for flvplayer). The MP3 player is completely separate and is definitely GPL.

            Here is the exact email exchange:

            hi Martin,

            thanks for the interest ! i''m ok with you using the flvplayer on the GPL terms for Moodle.

            note that i will be releasing an update of the flvplayer when the Flash 8 Player penetration will be about 80%. new features will be a download file button and (maybe) a playlist ..

            best wishes,

            jeroen

            On 25 Oct 2005, at 09:03, Martin Dougiamas wrote:

            Hi, Jeroen!

            We are looking at including your excellent FLV player

            http://www.jeroenwijering.com/?item=Flash+Video+Player

            inside our GPL-licensed Learning Management System

            http://moodle.org

            Mostly our users are non-commercial teachers and schools,
            but some of our users do run commercial sites with Moodle.

            Moodle is huge (15,000 files) so we can't ask people
            to check out the license for each component, which is why
            I make sure all the components we use are compatible under
            the main covering GPL license.

            So I am writing to ask your permission to include your
            code in Moodle (with full attribution of course) under
            the GPL license conditions. Essentially this allows
            Moodle users to use it anywhere they like but that they
            can not make it non-free.

            Would that be OK?

            Cheers and thanks!
            Martin

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            dougiamas Martin Dougiamas added a comment - I'd assume the same GPL level as Moodle (for flvplayer). The MP3 player is completely separate and is definitely GPL. Here is the exact email exchange: hi Martin, thanks for the interest ! i''m ok with you using the flvplayer on the GPL terms for Moodle. note that i will be releasing an update of the flvplayer when the Flash 8 Player penetration will be about 80%. new features will be a download file button and (maybe) a playlist .. best wishes, jeroen On 25 Oct 2005, at 09:03, Martin Dougiamas wrote: Hi, Jeroen! We are looking at including your excellent FLV player http://www.jeroenwijering.com/?item=Flash+Video+Player inside our GPL-licensed Learning Management System http://moodle.org Mostly our users are non-commercial teachers and schools, but some of our users do run commercial sites with Moodle. Moodle is huge (15,000 files) so we can't ask people to check out the license for each component, which is why I make sure all the components we use are compatible under the main covering GPL license. So I am writing to ask your permission to include your code in Moodle (with full attribution of course) under the GPL license conditions. Essentially this allows Moodle users to use it anywhere they like but that they can not make it non-free. Would that be OK? Cheers and thanks! Martin
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            francois Francois Marier added a comment -

            Thanks for the clarification Martin. I have updated the README file to clarify this.

            Which project is the MP3 player from? I'd like to write a quick README file for it as well...

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            francois Francois Marier added a comment - Thanks for the clarification Martin. I have updated the README file to clarify this. Which project is the MP3 player from? I'd like to write a quick README file for it as well...
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            dougiamas Martin Dougiamas added a comment -

            It's from a project called "Moodle" ... it's "code" built with the Adobe tool that I made in 2003/2004 by following some flash tutorial on the web long ago. It's been hacked significantly since.

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            dougiamas Martin Dougiamas added a comment - It's from a project called "Moodle" ... it's "code" built with the Adobe tool that I made in 2003/2004 by following some flash tutorial on the web long ago. It's been hacked significantly since.
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            francois Francois Marier added a comment -

            Right, I think I've heard of that "Moodle" project, it's some kind of Blackboard clone isn't it

            I'll close this down and go update the Debian tracker now...

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            francois Francois Marier added a comment - Right, I think I've heard of that "Moodle" project, it's some kind of Blackboard clone isn't it I'll close this down and go update the Debian tracker now...

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                • Created:
                  Updated:
                  Resolved:
                  Fix Release Date:
                  13/May/09