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NewsForge: Two on XVID vs. Sigma Designs

Aug 26, 2002, 14:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

XVID Leader: Despite Code Release, Sigma GPL Problem Still Isn't Resolved

"The XVID development team is still considering legal action against Sigma Designs even though the company issued a press release Thursday saying it would release the source code for its MPEG-4 video codec. Although release of the code would correct part of the GPL violation the XVID team is alleging, Sigma's press release doesn't mention that the code in question came from the XVID project.

"XVID project leader Michael Militzer says the group is getting legal advice from the Free Software Foundation on what step to take next. Meanwhile, XVID has suspended all development of its MPEG-4 video codec until the issue is resolved..."

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Sigma Designs Apologizes for Copied MPEG-4 Code, But Doesn't Credit XVID Yet

" Sigma Designs Inc., accused by the XVID project of pilfering its video codec and violating the code's Free Software license, has issued a statement, saying the copied code was unintentional.

"Much of the statement, released late Friday evening, amplifies a Thursday press release, in which Sigma said it was releasing its MPEG-4 codec under the GNU General Public License. Ken Lowe, Sigma's vice president of business development, says in the statement that the copied code was the work of one programmer, working without the knowledge of the company's management. Lowe also says Sigma never intended to profit from the MPEG-4 code..."

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