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Re: MP3 decoder packaged with XMMS

On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 08:06:56PM +0300, Don Armstrong wrote:
> On Tue, 12 Jul 2005, Diego Biurrun wrote:
> > 
> > Maybe it's time to create some sort of patent/ftp/XXX policy then.
> Feel free to propose one; however you should attempt to discover first
> what the "effective" policy is that the ftpmasters are imposing upon
> the archive. Otherwise all you'll do is continuing to tilt against
> windmills.

I don't think I'm the right person to propose such a policy since I am
not a Debian developer.

If I had to propose one, it would have to be applied to both new and
existing packages.  Programs not complying with the policy would not
be allowed to enter Debian and those already in Debian would have to be

> > 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.
> Which packages exactly are being discussed here? [While many would
> prefer not to discuss details of patents, I'd at least appreciate
> being pointed to specific packages and ideally patent numbers
> concerning them.]

Sorry, I misspoke regarding MP3 encoders, Debian does not include MP3
encoders, it does include *MPEG* encoders, like FFmpeg, while it does
not include MEncoder.

Debian includes many multimedia players, xine, vlc and avifile being the
most popular examples while it does not include MPlayer.


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