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Re: Royalty free gstreamer plug-in



On Tue, 2005-12-27 at 01:20 -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> Jeff Pitman <jeff pitman gmail com> writes:
> > (Optimally, FC should just take up the offer and include it in the
> > distro. Wasn't Redhat offering indemnication against ghost-cases of
> > patent claims during the SCO debacle? How about MP3? :D)
> 
> IANAL, I don't speak for Red Hat, etc ... but a couple of points seem
> worth making here:
> 
> 1.  SCO's claims are utterly without merit.  (IMHO, yadda yadda, see
> above.)  The MP3 patents are real.
> 
> 2.  SCO's claims cover the basis of the Unix/Linux system, while the
> ability to play MP3's is, um, inessential to getting other things done.
> 
> The risk/reward ratio for Red Hat to consider indemnifying users against
> the two issues is completely different.  I don't think you'll see Red
> Hat going out on a limb for MP3 players.

I also think that the indemnification only applies to paying customers
(eg RHEL) and not fedora... 


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