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Re: Debian and Patents

I was asked to comment on this as FFmpeg maintainer in Debian.

On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 09:34:10 (CEST), Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. wrote:

> In <AANLkTimrBa0hxTh3kQ-Fik9G57M8iQBZcJF1F0RYYcYQ@mail.gmail.com>, Praveen A 
> wrote:
>>I was reading through the wiki and found this,
>>* Debian does not include software that is encumbered by software patents.
>>This statement is correct for Fedora, but we have many *known* patent
>>encumbered software in our repos like mp3 codec, ffmpeg etc. So I
>>think, this item can be removed.

Debian does not include software that is encumbered by *actively
enforced* software patents.

> I thought the patent encumbered software was banned from the repos due to 
> legal risk to SPI.  I get my ffmpeg and mp3 stuff from the debian-multimedia 
> repositories which, while good, are not official.


No need to further push on this bug right now, AFAIUI our DPL is working
with ftpteam on it. Also there has been a related bit in his latest
DebConf10 report to d-d-a on that topic.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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