[Theora] Theora, great stuff!

Richard M. Stallman rms at gnu.org
Mon Aug 22 18:29:45 PDT 2005

    > We can make an argument, though, that adoption of theora will
    > (roughly) follow adoption patterns that the vorbis codec did. And we
    > clearly saw more adoption of the vorbis codec as a _direct_ result of
    > relicensing from LGPL to our current BSD-style license. This is the
    > major reason why our later codecs (including theora) have chosen this
    > BSD-style license to begin with (relicensing is a pain!).

I was in favor of this licensing change for OGG/Vorbis, and I think
the same reasons apply to OGG/Theora.

In most cases, it is better to get the power of copyleft
than to maximize the popularity of a particular free program.
But in these cases, we want people to switch to this format.

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