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Re: MP3 decoder packaged with XMMS

On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 10:25:03PM -0500, Christofer C. Bell wrote:
> On 7/12/05, Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 05:34:45PM -0700, Michael K. Edwards wrote:
> > > If I were you I would be very, very cautious about inviting the SFLC
> > > to hang its first test case on my project.  I speak as someone with no
> > > legal qualifications but with a certain amount of research under my
> > > belt, including an eventually successful (after repeated office
> > > actions) patent filing (whose economic rights I do not now own) that
> > > certain uses of software in Debian probably infringes.  IANAL, TINLA,
> > > YMMV.

> > So we're supposed to take the word of a self-professed collaborator with the
> > current illegitimate patent regime, over the word of someone who works for
> > an organization dedicated to fighting this threat to intellectual freedom?

> > Why would we do that?

> Because the "current illegitmate patent regime" is the law.

No, it is not.  Portfolios of invalid patents hold their value by means of
FUD and financial might, not law.

> Failure to comply with the law can (and does) lead to negative
> consequences for the person not in compliance.

And fear to exercise one's rights under law also has negative consequences
for society as a whole.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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