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Re: Bug#176267: ITP: mplayer -- Mplayer is a full-featured audioand video player for UN*X like systems

On Wed, Jan 29, 2003 at 03:43:24AM -0500, Don Armstrong wrote:

> 2) inform debian-legal (and/or the DD's in general) about any patents
> that mplayer may or may not be infringing upon so an informed decision
> can be made.

In fact, I prefer to not hear about any software patents that are not
actively being enforced.  Aside from the point that having knowledge of
the patents can lead to charges of *willful* infringement, I believe it's
far better if Debian acts as if software patents did not exist until they
become an imminent issue -- just as we normally ignore any patents
pertaining to ftp sites and publishing of web content, until and unless
we see a letter from a patent holder's lawyer.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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