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Re: MP3 decoder packaged with XMMS

I can't seem to find the message you're replying to, by the way.  But
it's not surprising that it's hard to follow a thread, given that
Humberto continues to break threads, ignoring the damage it does to
a conversation.

On Sat, Jul 16, 2005 at 01:04:47PM +0200, Diego Biurrun wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 01:49:17PM -0300, Humberto Massa Guimarães wrote:
> > 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
> > principle).
> And to what extent is that policy followed?  Neither libdts nor the many
> multimedia players available in Debian appear to be in non-US.

As far as I know, non-US never had anything to do with patents and was
only used for crypto, due to US export regulations, and Debian has never
had a policy of distributing software violating actively-enforced patents
at all.  I'm not sure where Humberto got that idea.

"Non-US" meant "legal to use in the US, but not freely distributable from
inside the US out", not "can't be used or distributed inside the US at
all".  That's why it was useful for crypto, where the problem was export
regulations; US users could add non-us to their sources without worry.

> How can I get an overview of all the packages in non-US?  Looking on
> Debian mirrors just reveals empty packages files:

Non-US is no longer used.

Glenn Maynard

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