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

Le mercredi 08 octobre 2008 à 00:07 +1100, Ben Finney a écrit :
> Reinhard Tartler <siretart@debian.org> writes:
> > However none of those lawsuits are comparable to debian, becuase:
> > 
> >  a) debian/spi is a non-profit organisation
> >  b) debian does not sell hardware
> Many recipients of Debian do meet one or both of those descriptions.
> The DFSG require the works distributed in Debian be free for all
> recipients of Debian, not just for the Debian project.

Depending on your country, software distributed in Debian may or may not
be free. For example some gore games are believed to be forbidden to
redistribute in Germany. Similarly, there would be restrictions on
redistribution of MPEG encoder in the US. But not in Europe.

It has been already suggested to resurrect the non-us archive for such
cases, but this is not even necessary, since it is not a problem for us
to distribute such software from the US.

At the very least, we could distribute them in a specific "patented"
section, with rules similar to non-free, and that we’d only mirror in
countries where it is not a problem.

: :' :      We are debian.org. Lower your prices, surrender your code.
`. `'       We will add your hardware and software distinctiveness to
  `-        our own. Resistance is futile.

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