Songbird fails to start on some Linux systems due to gstreamer-python

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On 32-bit Fedora 11, I get the following, running Songbird 1.2:

(songbird-bin:2782): GStreamer-WARNING **: Failed to load plugin '/usr/lib/gstreamer-0.10/': /usr/lib/gstreamer-0.10/ undefined symbol: gst_video_format_parse_caps_interlaced
././songbird-bin: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/gst-0.10/gst/ undefined symbol: gst_xml_get_type
Could not initialize GStreamer: Error re-scanning registry , child terminated by signal

I'd seen some references to removing libvisual-plugins; this package is not installed on my system. Prior Songbird versions worked great; I upgraded to 1.2 today, and immediately experienced the problem. The Fedora gstreamer-plugins package was updated on 6/16; I'm guessing there's an incompatibiliy between the Fedora update and Songbird. Here's the Fedora package info:
Songbird worked after this upgrade, until the update to 1.2 just a bit ago..
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For those of you having this problem: you should be able to keep gstreamer-python installed, but start songbird like this (from a terminal):

export LD_BIND_NOW=1

Can you let me know if this helps?