TikTok’s PC streaming app accused of violating an open source license


Streamlabs isn’t the only company getting flak from the Open Broadcasting Software (OBS) project. According to Protocol, OBS business development manager Ben Torell claims to have “clear evidence” that TikTok is violating the open source GNU General Public License (aka GPL) with its recently released Live Studio software. The Windows live streaming app reportedly uses code from OBS Studio and other open efforts, but TikTok does not share that code under GPL terms.

Live Studio aims to provide the features and quality you normally get from live streaming services like Twitch, such as game capture and overlays. It’s only available to a small number of users in a few western markets, TikTok told TechCrunch, but that doesn’t matter in a licensing dispute like this.

We have asked TikTok for comment. However, this does not necessarily lead to a lawsuit. Torell stressed that the OBS project is responding “in good faith” to GPL violations and is happy to work with TikTok as long as it respects the license. That said, at the time of writing, TikTok hadn’t responded to OBS’s concerns — the dispute isn’t over yet.

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