Re: MP3 decoder packaged with XMMS
On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 01:49:17PM -0300, Humberto Massa Guimarães wrote:
> ** Diego Biurrun ::
> > Maybe it's time to create some sort of patent/ftp/XXX policy then.
> > The core of this thread revolves around the problem that Debian's
> > stance towards patents is unclear and inconsistent. Some programs
> > are jugded impossible to package due to patent problems, while
> > others aren't. This is further complicated by the fact that some
> > MP3 encoders and multimedia applications are packaged while others
> > are not, even though they do the same things and thus fall under
> > the scope of the same patents.
> I was under the impression that Debian *did* have a policy: if the
> patent is enforced, towards it, then the software will go to non_US
> -- to the benefit of the sane jurisdictions (as is the EU, in
And to what extent is that policy followed? Neither libdts nor the many
multimedia players available in Debian appear to be in non-US.
How can I get an overview of all the packages in non-US? Looking on
Debian mirrors just reveals empty packages files:
> > VideoLAN is hosted by ECP, a university from Paris where the
> > project originated. DTS Inc. sent ECP a cease and desist letter
> > stating that they should stop developing libdts, get a patent
> > license from them or prepare to get sued. The ECP lawyer tried to
> > settle amicably without success. DTS requested fees amounting to
> > thousands of dollars per day and the university did not want to go
> > to court. That was more than one year ago and libdts is no longer
> > distributed on its own and has been removed from VLC. Furthermore
> > development on the library has stopped.
> > That's as good a precedent for patent enforcement as you'll get.
> > FUD at its best, but it worked. This is how the patent scare
> > works.
> Not down here, thanks God and our corrupt lawmakers. Seriously.
> Software patents are just plain Evil.
Yes, I wholeheartedly agree, all of them without exception. *sigh*