[JPL] To Be Owned By Sony
ed.trefzger at jazzweek.com
Fri Nov 18 10:01:52 EST 2005
It looks like the software Sony BMG used has itself violated
copyright rules. From a Reuters story running at CNET:
This music player contains components from an open-source project, an
MP3 player called LAME, it has emerged.
"Multiple software components on the CD have references to the LAME
open-source MP3 code," Finnish software developer Matti Nikki said in
After unraveling the code, others found similar evidence.
"We can confirm that at least five functions in the XCP software are
identical to functions in LAME," said Thomas Dullien at security
software firm Saber Security in Bochum, Germany, which specializes in
the analysis of complex software.
Open-source software, if used, needs to be identified as such, so
that it can be freely shared with others. Developers on Slashdot.org
and other Internet bulletin boards could not find an open-source
reference in the copy-protection software.
If open-source software is tightly integrated into a single
executable program, the whole application has to become open source
software, even open source software such as LAME whose MP3 encoder is
licensed under the more relaxed Lesser General Public License (LGPL),
a lawyer said.
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