From the top of the license:
VP3.2 Public License 0.1
(This license is derived from the Mozilla Public License 1.1 (MPL 1.1) from
Netscape Communications, as found at www.opensource.com. Material modifications
have been made through the addition of sections 2.1 (e) and 2.2 (e).)
Both of these sections have the "must be compatible with the original code" clause. I agree that this isn't really doing much in terms of extending trust to the open source community.
Still, I don't see why the code can't be used to provide the Original Code compatibility AND extend it with a Original Code "plus" codec or whatever. It would suck to have to have original code compatibility hanging on there but I'm guessing it could be largely ignored if the code were to develop in another direction.
Of course, the only reason I could think of to do this is because of VP3's fear that someone might take away control of the codec or something.
I have yet to see this codec in action, but it sounds promising-- maybe someone will add it to some of the OS video software. It would be cool to see Gstreamer or something support this.
Also notice the version number is called 1.0 from the license page but it's called version 0.1 at the top of the license.
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