Linux video project evades DMCA, back on Google Code

A company has withdrawn an allegation that CoreAVC-for-Linux violates its copyright and now is cooperating with the project, which is hosted at Google Code.

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An open-source project called CoreAVC-for-Linux is back up and running at Google Code after a copyright tangle with a company called CoreCodec.

Google removed the CoreAVC-for-Linux project after CoreCodec said the software violated its copyright in a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) "takedown" letter dated April 30. "We have directly verified by downloading the file from the site provided by Google Inc. that the file does include CoreCodec's copyrighted software," the company said in the letter, available at the Chilling Effects Web site.

Now the project is online again, after the company sent a reinstatement letter to Google on Sunday and posted an apology to project leader Alan Nisota in a forum posting. Apparently, the misunderstanding had to do with reverse-engineering, in which the inner workings of software or hardware are deduced from its behavior.

"The DMCA does allow for reverse engineering for compatibility purposes and hence...the DMCA takedown request was wrongly sent," a company representative said in another forum post.

"Yes, we're back. CoreCodec has given their blessing to this project," a note on the CoreAVC-for-Linux project site said.

CoreCodec sells software for Windows called CoreAVC that lets computers play video encoded with the widely used H.264 standard. The CoreAVC-for-Linux project let existing open-source projects such as MPlayer or MythTV use the CoreAVC.

(Via Dana Blankenhorn.)