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Re: Is anyone packaging `lame' ?

On Mon, 12 Jun 2000, David Starner wrote:

> > > > In the US they do.  Surely someone in (say) the UK could package it - we
> > > > couldn't have it in the main section, but people living in countries where
> > > > software patents don't exist would be okay.
> > > 
> > > The mp3 patent is a German patent also (hence it can't go into non-free).
> > 
> > Why does it make a difference if it is patented only in the USA or
> > patented in Germany, too?
> I meant non-US. There's no reason to carry it in non-free instead of
> main - it's LGPL, and either way carries a decent chance of getting
> sued for it. (The patent on the encoder is being actively enforced.)

What has this to do with non-US?

non-free: it isn't free, e.g. uses patented algorithms like LZW or IDEA

non-US: you are allowed to use it in both the US and outside, but you
        aren't allowed to export it from the US because it contains
        cryptographic code


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"Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
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