Journal Another GPL violation: Kiss Technology

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jan.
2004
La suite sur la page d'accueil de MPlayer: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design6/news.html(...)

Aller, un pti extrait pour la route:


Basically Kiss Technology is specialized in particular kinds of media hardware, namely DVD and MPEG-4 players, set-top-boxes, and such.

There is nothing wrong with that.

However, if a careless user initiates a string search in one of their firmwares:

$ strings KiSS_DP-508_FW2.7.4_PAL.iso | grep -A 3 -B 6 MPSub
Microdvd
Subrip
Subviewer
Sami
Vplayer
Unknown
MPSub
Subviewer 2.0
Subrip 0.9
Jacosub

Running the same command on the MPlayer binary:

$ strings /usr/bin/mplayer | grep -B 8 mpsub -A 4
<...>
L>microdvd
subrip
subviewer
sami
vplayer
dunnowhat
mpsub
subviewer 2.0
subrip 0.9
jacosub
<...>

You can also check the subreader.h or the subreader.c files in MPlayer sources.

As you can see, the KiSS firmware contains the subtitle formats in the very same order as we do. The thing that really catches the eye is the MPSub format, which is our own subtitle format, which hasn't been used anywhere else so far.

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