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Re: MPlayer DFSG compatibility status

Le mer 08/10/2003 à 00:39, Gabucino a écrit :
> We don't want to receive the endless flow of mails asking about why the
> newest, apt-get'ed MPlayer doesn't play ASF/WMV files (a very significant
> part of the streaming media on the Internet).

If we don't want to include this support, this is not your problem. E.g.
xine in Debian has WMV9 support stripped off, and there would be no
reason for mplayer to include it if there are legal issues with it.

> Debian actually forgets the legal issues in the case of xine (please don't
> argue, a year has passed since this argument of mine was raised first, and no
> effect to this very day), so *please* don't come with this line.

Another issue is that the xine authors have always been cooperative
instead of ranting about this and that.

Anyway, after all successive problems we encountered with mplayer, the
maintainer will have a hard time convincing the ftpmasters that his
package is 100 % free software, and free of patent issues. You can call
this discrimination, I will call this careful attention towards some
people who already proved to be incompetent regarding legal issues.
 .''`.           Josselin Mouette        /\./\
: :' :           josselin.mouette@ens-lyon.org
`. `'                        joss@debian.org
  `-  Debian GNU/Linux -- The power of freedom

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