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Re: compiling a Debian package

On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 04:23:42AM +0100, lee wrote:
> Chris Bannister <cbannister@slingshot.co.nz> writes:
> > On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 09:06:37PM +0100, lee wrote:
> >> Tom H <tomh0665@gmail.com> writes:
> >> 
> >> > Andrei called d-m.o deprecated because, AFAIK, most of the packages in
> >> > d-m.o are now available in d.o.
> >> 
> >> Cinelerra is not in Debian, and I haven't been able to compile it, so
> >> the only source for it is dmo.  You can't even watch a DVD with what's
> >> in Debian.
> >
> > Are you referring to libdvdcss2? AFAIUI, there is an ITP out to package
> > an installer for it. ... ahh here it is:
> > http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=687624
> Yes, and it's still not in Debian testing, besides other software.  Just
> saying that everything is deprecated isn't a solution; it only means
> that Debian is deprecated.

There's a legal reason for that. The DMCA states that, in US
jurisdictions, one is not permitted to circumvent an access-control
technology such as CSS (the Content Scrambling System employed on most
DVDs). The authorised method for decoding a DVD is to obtain a CSS
decryption key from the DVD Copy Control Association. Obviously, this is
kind of counter to the whole open-source philosophy; if Debian had a
project-wide key, anyone would be able to obtain it from the source code
and thus decrypt any DVD, thus bypassing the access-control and the DVD
Copy Control Association.

libdvdcss2 brute forces the decryption on the disk and, so, might be
considered circumvention under the DMCA. This IS allowed in some cases
and in various other jurisdictions, but it's not really a sensible move
for Debian to freely distribute such a package.

I'm sure this has been discussed to death on debian-legal.

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