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Re: Why not use a "patended" section for programs with patent problems?

On Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 10:55:15AM +0200, Hans Ekbrand wrote:
> Hi debian-legal!
> [ While I occasionally read debian-legal, I might have missed previous
> discussions on this matter. If you have references to such threads,
> please give them. ]

I found the recent thread on the matter
(http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2006/08/msg00083.html). In that
thread I did not found any argments against my proposal, though.

> AFAIK in large parts of the world, e.g. in Europe, software patents
> are not recognised. 

U.S., Japan, Germany and UK seems to be problematic countries, so
non-us might not be the proper name, "patented" might be better. The
name of such a section is of course not the important thing.

The current sitution means that debian restricts itself more than it
has to. Debian could give users in many, but not all countries, access
to popular technologies (in particular mp3, mpeg-2 and mpeg-4
encoders), but doesn't. Why not?

Hans Ekbrand (http://sociologi.cjb.net) <hans@sociologi.cjb.net>
A. Because it breaks the logical sequence of discussion
Q. Why is top posting bad?

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