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

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

> On Tuesday 07 October 2008 16:44, Reinhard Tartler wrote:
>>  - packages in 'patented' must fulfill the requirements of the dfsg
> I dont think we should support the obsolete, useless & wrong patent
> system by doing this.

I fully agree with you in principle. The 'restricted' idea is basically
a convenience service for our users and distributors. OTOH our the
current approach is to put our heads in the sand and pretend that we are
too gutless to even distribute them in non-free.

I therefore see the 'restricted' idea as a compromise which addresses at
least some of the concerns that ftp-master *might* raise.

However as they don't reply to my questions, I can only guess what the
concerns might be.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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