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Re: The Multimedia Question



seth vidal wrote:
On Fri, 2007-07-20 at 02:33 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
In practical terms, I don't need to control a repository to be aware what goes into it according to their explicitly written guidelines by Fedora contributors outside of Red Hat. It is possible that someone might sneak in a package that violates the guidelines in a official or third party repository. Either would be considered a bug and fixed. If absolute control is necessary you cannot point to a third party repository at all but that is up to Legal to decide.

but that's just it. if someone puts that in a repository then it could
be a serious poison pill. If it is enough to get red hat sued then even
if it bears out that rh acted appropriately by getting the problem fixed
I can relatively guarantee that will be the LAST time we ever get to try
that.

Wait a minute. What exactly are we worried about? That someone will break into the repository we point to and put random unlicensed proprietary packages into it and we would be held liable for that because we pull some specific packages from the repository?

If that level of control is desirable, it needn't be a third party repository but a Fedora repository built and hosted in external (to Red Hat) systems in regions that don't enforce software patents by Fedora contributors.

but is red hat complicit in maintaining this? Or a red hat employee?
Does 'the company' know about this or is this a 'wink, wink, nudge,
nudge, say no more, say no more' sort of thing?

If it is the latter then I think we're at full, dead, stop w/o legal
counsel.

It is not a wink wink deal. Fedora Project will be explicitly pulling specific packages from the repository. IANAL but maintaining such a repository outside of regions that enforce software patents has always been legal in those regions. We have been extra cautious about linking to such repositories before it is has no before but I am hoping the MS vs AT&T gives us enough clarity that it would be considered ok now. I don't want to second guess what is acceptable or not so I would rather ask than assume now.

Rahul


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