Re: codecs and totem
"Denver Gingerich" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 21 May 2008 18:32:39 -0400 Daniel Dickinson <email@example.com> wrote:
> > On Wed, 21 May 2008 12:25:12 +0200
> > "Giacomo A. Catenazzi" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Not unless you're using a codec you got outside debian. Debian can
> > play non-CSS DVD's without adding anything outside main, in which case
> > you are using entirely free software and have no royalties to pay
> I think the MPEG-2 patent holders would disagree . From what I can
> tell, MPEG-2 is still covered by numerous patents, at least for a few
> more years. Most DVDs use MPEG-2 although the standard allows for
> MPEG-1, but with a maximum resolution of 352x288  so most DVDs
> don't use it. MPEG-1 would be much safer than MPEG-2 patent-wise .
> Which package in Debian main includes MPEG-2 support? It sounds like
> a bug should be reported on this if the Debian people wish to remain
> entirely free of patent-encumberance. However, if Debian wishes to
> take a more pragmatic approach, such as allowing in patent-infringing
> software where the patents are not being actively litigated, then
> perhaps inclusion of MPEG-2 support in main is ok.
This has been the de-facto position of Debian, since to do otherwise
would eliminate almost all software in Debian.
> The Ubuntu people have chosen to include support for a variety of
> patented codecs through ffmpeg, but they don't ship it on the CD, only
> through their mirrors .
I believe that ffmpeg supports codecs which are being actively
litigated, so it is more risky to distribute.