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Re: (OT) gnash vs. flash (was Re: Why does installing gnome ...)

On Thu, 18 Mar 2010 09:28:49 +0200
Andrei Popescu <andreimpopescu@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed,17.Mar.10, 16:44:17, Ron Johnson wrote:
> > 
> > Enough DDs are sufficiently practical for there to be a non-free
> > tree, and Christian Marillat does yeoman's work with
> > http://www.debian-multimedia.org/.
> Most of the stuff there is DFSG-free, but infringes some patents.

Interesting.  From the DFSG FAQ:

"Some software might infringe patents in jurisdictions in which
so-called software patents are allowed. Even though only end users
actually run the software, and distributors do not in fact actually
engage in the patented process, distributors might be held liable in
such a jurisdiction. Debian makes no serious attempt to check for
patent violations, and handles this issue in a haphazard and
case-by-case fashion. (In fact, checking for this is in practice
impossible. If everyone checked for software patents, all software
production would grind to a halt.)"


So apparently the stuff could actually be included in the official
archive, without violating the social contract?

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