About MPEG2 and DVDs
I plan to package vlc , an MPEG2 player which can also play DVDs.
There is no MPEG2 Layer 3 support, nor is DeCSS included, so I do not
think there are any legal issues with including it in Debian (the
license is 100% GPL, no parts of the MPEG group's reference decoder have
been included), though I'd appreciate any comments about this.
My main concern is with CSS . DeCSS  is not included, but (as I
happen to be one of the main developers), I'd like to add support for it
so that everyone can freely play all DVDs. I see several options :
- no CSS support at all
- integrate DeCSS. This would put it at least in non-US, or even into
non-free or (even worse) not be legal in most countries outside
Europe and would therefore not be possible at all. One of the problems
is that DeCSS includes a cracked key from Xing.
- implement a brute force algorithm that has been found and which
lets you crack the CSS key of a single disk in a few seconds. I think
this one would be legal everywhere, but not sure.
Has anyone got a clue about what could decently be included into
Thanks for any pointers,
 http://www.videolan.org/ - the VideoLAN project
 http://www.opendvd.org/ - about legal issues of DVD playback
 http://www.linuxvideo.org/ - the Linux DVD effort
Samuel Hocevar <firstname.lastname@example.org> - http://www.via.ecp.fr/~sam/
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