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Re: The Multimedia Question

Luis Villa wrote:

I'd strongly suggest having more detail than that in anything you
propose to legal.

* who will choose what that points at?
* where (geography, hardware) will they be hosted, and by who?
* will it be source-available-but-patent-encumbered only? or will it
include no-source options? or some other line?
* what type of education do you plan to do? might it admit (or not)
that there is a belief or public allegation that patents are
infringed? if it does not, how is the whole exercise publicly

Third party repository containing only Free but patent encumbered software hosted outside of US in a region not affected by software patents and in resources provided external to Red Hat. The same website might have other repositories but those won't be enabled by default or accessed directly by us. The end user functionality looks something like this:

* You click on content encoded in a format that we don't support by default

* We use the hook in gstreamer to call a small GTK application that says:

This content is in a restricted patent encumbered format that Fedora Project does not provide support by default. If you are in a region that enforces software patents (such as U.S) you can download or buy licensed codecs. Others users can install the free plugin. What would you like to do?

A) Learn about Free and better quality alternatives - lead to a web page that explains all about Free formats such as Ogg.

B) Download or buy licensed Codecs -> leads to a different section in the same page as A) that points to the Fluendo web shop.

C) Install plugin support - Downloads the appropriate plugin package from the third party repository directly. If there is no net access fail gracefully after informing the user.

Does this sound sane and answer all the questions necessary for legal?


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