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Re: Bug#156287: Advice on Drip (ITP #156287)

On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 01:02:36AM +0000, Robert Millan wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 12:21:22AM +0200, Sam Hocevar wrote:

> > > $ ldd /usr/bin/drip | grep libdvdcss
> > >         libdvdcss.so.2 => /usr/lib/libdvdcss.so.2 (0x4019a000)
> > 
> >    Linking drip with libdvdcss is utterly useless since drip does not
> > use any libdvdcss function.

> Ok, I understand. I'll find it out when I get the other problems sorted
> out (depending on the results, the linker issue might not be relevant)

> > > My understanding is that Drip being linked against libdvdcss is illegal
> > > in the USA, so a solution could be to put it in non-us.

> >    Grmbl, please read carefully my first message in this thread. Drip
> > has nothing to do with libdvdcss, only libdvdread uses libdvdcss.

> Whatever. The fact is that when we put Drip, libdvdread and libdvdcss
> together we obtain what what the DMCA calls a "circumvention device for
> copyright protection technology". This may happen in non-us, but must not
> happen in main.

I don't see any bright line that would be used here to legally
distinguish between (Drip+libdvdread+libdvdcss) and libdvdcss by itself.
It seems to me that if we're allowed to ship libdvdcss, we're also
allowed to ship applications that use it.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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