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Re: MP3 decoder packaged with XMMS

On Sat, 16 Jul 2005, Diego Biurrun wrote:
> 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. 
> I don't think I'm the right person to propose such a policy since I
> am not a Debian developer.

That doesn't mean that you can't write it and try to get developers to
second it.[1] 

> If I had to propose one, it would have to be applied to both new and
> existing packages.

That's kind of the point of a policy, yes.

> > Which packages exactly are being discussed here?
> 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.

And what patents are we refering to here that are actively being

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

These are decoders for the most part.

Don Armstrong

1: Of course, the fact that no developer has bothered to write such a
thing should give you pause; we clearly feel that the ftpmasters are
up to the task of setting a sane policy in this regard and we don't
need to micromanage them.

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