Re: Is the RAR archiver freely distributable?
Francesco Poli <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:07:09 +1100 Ben Finney wrote:
> > I believe there are actively-enforced patents on DVD-CSS that
> > prohibit distribution of, for example, free software that opens
> > files encrypted with that scheme.
> Is this the actual reason?
I don't claim it's *the* reason for anything :-) It is certainly one
factor in decisions about what packages should be in Debian.
Relevant for this discussion, it appears to be a factor distinguishing
‘libdvdcss2’ from RAR compression tools.
> I was under the impression that the issue was due to DMCA (in the USA),
> EUCD (in the EU) and similar insane laws in other jurisdictions...
That's another factor, yes.
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