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From "Paul Gregoire (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-120) Is the Adobe RTMP specification license compatible?
Date Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:32:38 GMT

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Paul Gregoire commented on LEGAL-120:
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Obviously we over on the Red5 team reverse engineered the protocol initially, but once the
spec came out we wanted to see if we had missed anything important. Initially I was apprehensive
towards reading the spec because of the warnings, so I contacted a lawyer and this is his
response:

The license to the RTMP protocol allows you to use it to make software
that defines, creates or processes data compliant with the requirements
expressly stated in the RTMP Specification.  Thus, it only allows you to
use the RTMP specification for streaming video, audio and/or data
content and not to make any software that: (i) intercepts streaming
video, audio and/or data content for storage in any device or medium; or
(ii) circumvents technological measures for the protection of audio,
video and/or data content.  Thus, if the purpose of your reverse
engineering is only to write software that streams video, audio and/or
data content and not for the excluded purposes, then you are complying
with the license.

Warm regards,
--Dan

Daniel B. Ravicher, Legal Director
Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and Moglen Ravicher LLC
1995 Broadway, 17th Fl., New York, NY 10023
(212) 461-1902 direct  (212) 580-0800 main  (212) 580-0898 fax
ravicher@softwarefreedom.org   www.softwarefreedom.org
                
> Is the Adobe RTMP specification license compatible?
> ---------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-120
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-120
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Sebb
>
> Someone has asked for a RTMP plugin for JMeter. 
> The RTMP specification is available from [0]; the specification license is here [1].
> AIUI the license must be accepted before any implementation is distributed, so I assume
that:
> - any implementation created by the ASF using the spec would need to abide by the license,
and
> - any 3rd party implementation that used the spec would also need to abide by the license.
> Are there any terms in the license that are unacceptable for the ASF?
> [0] http://www.adobe.com/devnet/rtmp.html
> [1] http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/rtmp/pdf/rtmp_specification_license_1.0.pdf

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