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Re: The Helixcommunity RPSL is not DFSG-free

On Mon, 10 Feb 2003, +03:23:16 EET (UTC +0200),
J.B. Nicholson-Owens <jbn@forestfield.org> pressed some keys:

> You wrote:
> > This question still remains: Can I listen and watch to RealAudio- and
> > RealVideo-files with completely free software, if I install only
> > RPSL-licenced software from Helix DNA?

> There was a debian-legal thread about this already (see
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2002/debian-legal-200207/msg00448.html).
> The RPSL is not DFSG-free.  Specifically, Branden Robinson said:
>   "Clause 13.7 of the RPSL violates DFSG 5.  It discriminates against people
>    who are not under the jurisdiction of the United States government."

Let's see... That thread started 23 Jul 2002, but latest version of RPSL
says "Rev. Date October 28, 2002".


And there is no clause 13.7 anymore! Clauses 1.6 and 12.8 say something
about United States and clause 12.6 says something about Seattle,

Time to check it out again!

> And no, nobody can play RealAudio or RealVideo with Free Software.  For
> audio, I suggest using Ogg Vorbis instead.  For video Ogg Theora will
> probably become the Free Software alternative.  See http://www.xiph.org/ for
> more info on the Ogg family of codecs.

Okay. BTW their FAQ says so, too:


But even without RealAudio- and RealVideo-CODECs Helix DNA may be
very useful and cool software, if licence problems are rectified. In
fact they are right now coding support for Ogg Vorbis.

Juhapekka "naula" Tolvanen * University of Jyväskylä * juhtolv@st.jyu.fi
http://www.cc.jyu.fi/~juhtolv/index.html * * "STRAIGHT BUT NOT NARROW!!"
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