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mpeg encoder patents, Was: Bug#501190: ITP: moonlight

Holger Levsen <holger@layer-acht.org> writes:

> On Tuesday 07 October 2008 09:03, Robert Millan wrote:
>> Unclaimed patents are precisely the reason we don't have any MPEG encoders
>> in Debian (see http://techliberation.com/2006/05/11/mpeg-patent-thicket/).
> Wrong. We dont have mpeg encoders in Debian because those patents are being 
> enforced.

Can you please backup that claim?

The best reference for patent enforcments I have is http://www.mpegla.com/news.cfm.

However none of those lawsuits are comparable to debian, becuase:

 a) debian/spi is a non-profit organisation
 b) debian does not sell hardware

I therefore don't think that we have any evidence that would backup your
claim.  I asked ftp-master several time for clarification on this point,
however I have not been given ANY answer on this topic. If someone has
more details, please followup on [1] and/or [2].

[1] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-multimedia-maintainers/2008-September/002040.html
[2] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-multimedia-maintainers/2008-September/002066.html

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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