grip being removed [Re: rawhide report: 20050120 changes]

Alan Cox alan at
Mon Feb 14 14:50:28 UTC 2005

On Mon, Feb 14, 2005 at 09:28:22AM -0500, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> it's worse actually. If RH coughed up the $60k we still can't ship it,
> since all MP3 decoders are GPL licensed. And the GPL doesn't actually
> allow you to ship code only YOU have a patent license for; you need a
> patent license for everyone and every possible derived work of that
> code..... which the licensing guys aren't actually providing.

Even if we shipped a BSD licensed one it would leave third parties in very
awkward positions (eg folks hacking Fedora or making CDs). And if you want 
a non-free mp3 player then the current Realplayer uses gtk is a great deal
better than the older one.

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