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Re: [vorlon@netexpress.net: Re: Bug#181969: [mdadams@ece.uvic.ca: Re: JasPer licensing wrt Debian Linux]]

On Tue, Dec 16, 2003 at 11:42:06PM -0800, Ben Reser wrote:
> As a member of the ayttm project I'd really just like to see this issue
> resolved.  We need a JPEG2000 implementation in order to interoperate
> with Yahoo's webcam feature.  While we have a functionality implemented
> against your library, both Debian and Mandrake do not ship it enabled
> due to their inability to ship your library.

Unless you can get the patent licenses for jpeg2000 changed, forget
it. There is no way that anything implementing jpeg2000 can ever be a
part of Debian at present, and it's unlikely that we can even
distribute such things in non-free.

I don't have a copy of the jpeg2000 patent license to hand (anybody?),
but I examined it a few years ago when the specification was first
released, and it's entirely proprietary in nature. This is not a free
image format. I don't believe you can even have a free-as-in-beer
implementation without usage restrictions, although I'm not so sure
about that.

That thing makes mpeg look friendly.

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