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Re: Re: set-up for watching video

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On Tue, 27 Dec 2005, kangja wrote:

Thnaks for all the info provided. My worry about mplayer is that I have
come across warnings about its IPR infringement. Is that nothing to
worry about?

just out of curiosity, what kind of warnings about mplayer and ipr infringements have you come across?

yes, there are some issues with some annoying proprietary codecs and software patents (and there was that noncompliance with the GPL in the past).

the debian project does not include mplayer because in the past they believed it violated the licenses of some of its components (now believed to be resolved??). they also cite patent concerns:

"software that can't be packaged" http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/unable-to-package

 "mplayer reloaded"

  "re: mplayer / divx"

mplayer's key goal is "play as many different media types as possible, especially those that otherwise can only be played on Windows Media Player or Apple Quicktime". to me this seems like a perfectly valid approach until native decoders can be worked out.

i'm not looking for a xine vs. mplayer war, i like and use them both, but
xine doesn't have a third of mplayer's features and the mozilla-mplayer (mplayer-plugin) is a great solution for media streaming with your browser.

i don't know what the copyright and patent laws are in your country, but in oppressive countries like the USA we have the mplayer disclaimer to keep in mind: "There is absolutely no warranty of any kind for these codec packages. Copyrights of all DLLs remain with their respective owner(s). You should be aware that some of these DLLs have licenses that restrict them to use with certain programs. We only distribute them, the rest is your responsibility."

best of luck to you and take care,

k l u r t
 -just say no to software patents and yes to the right to create interoperable software.

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