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Re: Media players in Debian

Mike Hommey <mh@glandium.org> writes:

> On Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 01:12:02PM +0200, Reinhard Tartler <siretart@tauware.de> wrote:
>> > This is pretty much the only thing stopping Debian from distributing
>> > it - it may actually be illegal [...]
>> The problematic parts regarding patents are mostly in ffmpeg, which is
>> already in debian for some time. There seem to be no problem for debian
>> redistributing ffmpeg.
> Note that debian's ffmpeg doesn't include encoding support for aac or
> mp3...

Interesting. Luckily, ffmpeg/mencoder is able to encode a lot more
formats, so one could assume that it should be able to stip the
''problematic'' parts.

Unfortunately, it seems quite unclear what ftpmaster currently considers
as a problem and what would need to be stripped. However, I think this
is a problem which is currently handled by the maintainers and
ftpmasters. I hope that the problematic parts will get documented
properly in debian/copyright, so that anyone interested can read about
the problems and decide themselves if they want to work on them.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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