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Re: MPlayer revisited

Diego Biurrun <diego@biurrun.de> wrote:
> Yes, but as outlined below, it's not different from other multimedia
> players wrt patents.

Bugs in some package already in debian doesn't let another package
with those bugs in as a right, though. It just means we have bugs
to deal with.

I'm not quite sure what sort of statement about patents will
convince ftpmasters. Maybe knowing what patents held by who are
definitely infringed by mplayer is good, especially if none of
them are actively enforced, or maybe it is bad. Maybe just
knowing that no mplayer distributors are currently threatened
is enough, or maybe nothing mplayer team will be good enough and
we need to get a lawyerly opinion. I hate software patents too.

> > My summary of the issue is http://people.debian.org/~mjr/mplayer
> Nice summary.  One point is not fully correct, though:
>   2. DeCSS code: removed and mplayer-debian uses libdvdread3 instead
> libdvdread is not a replacement for libdvdcss.  Instead of using the builtin
> libdvdcss the Debian package dynamically loads a libdvdcss that might be
> present on the system in question.

So libdvdread3 is used anyway, or have I misunderstood?

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