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

Don Armstrong wrote:
> > we have no interest to fix that, as even libmpeg2 author Michael
> > Lespinasse took part of it, so it's unlikely that he's gonna sue
> > himself for his own code.
> How can Debian be sure that that's the case?
What do you need? A hand-written permission from Walken, photocopied 65535
times, and one piece sent to each goverment of the world for signature?
I don't care if you don't believe me. Go ask Walken (M. Lespinasse) then..

> Debian (correctly) avoids areas of questionable legality like the plauge.
Uh-huh.. See below.

> How come the libmpeg2 issue wasn't caught?
What "issue"? Do you disregard every mail? Convenient.

> Or the lrmi.c issue which you point out below?
> Wait a minute. So even to your knowledge Mplayer isn't completely
> under the GPL?
Heh. If MPlayer isn't GPL because one of its video output driver (vesa)
depends on lrmi, then what will happen to svgalib?

Yes, Debian's svgalib also contains a VESA driver, and it uses LRMI for
that. svgalib is included in Debian, however it isn't GPL. I wonder...

Please don't stand further against me with your transparent ideas, or in the
end everything will be stripped from Debian :)

> If xine is not free according to the DFSG or contains material which
> it would be illegal for Debian to distribute in countries in which
> major mirrors are located, then someone should file an RC bug against
> xine, so the issues can be discussed and a concensus reached.
And who will file that? :) Nobody is mazochist here except you :)

> It would sadden me to see that happen, but that's the way things work.
Only if you want it to be that way.

MPlayer Core Team
  "not sure how we will proceed here - xine's potential in the video
   processing field is imho so great that i certainly don't want to miss
   the chance to work into that direction." - Guenter, xine developer

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