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Re: DRM in debian?

On Mon, 07 Mar 2005 20:52:17 +1100
Darryl Luff <darryl@snakegully.nu> wrote:

> Isn't DRM only relevant in the US? And Australia which seems to have 
> become a US state as far as DRM and software patents are concerned.
> Other countries have no requirement to honour any DRM rules. So
> the best solution be to have a version that ignores DRM restrictions
> "non-US"?

DRM is relevant everywhere, it has it's good uses as well as it's bad.

Whether the US legal issues are relevant to the individual developers
and site operators who would develop and host the software in question
would depend on not only where those individuals live, but where they
think they might want to travel in the future.

Also there may be legal issues for Debian to include software that does
something questionable related to DRM, even if it is hosted on a site
outside of the US, because the legalese is different than you had with
encryption where the restrictions existed on the export from the US, but
not the import into the US.

If it was clear sailing libdvdcss would be included in non-US instead of
leaving it to the user to take the necessary steps to acquire it.

Later, Seeker

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