CodecBuddy - fluendo only?

David Nielsen david at
Fri Jun 22 11:23:22 UTC 2007

fre, 22 06 2007 kl. 13:11 +0200, skrev Martin Sourada:
> Hi,
> I read about the CodecBuddy spesc on wiki and was a little shocked when
> I have found that it would suggest as a solution to missing codecs only
> the fluendo web site. I am well aware that in the US there is no other
> way how to get these codes legally but in most of the EU (and maybe even
> in most of the world) it is legal (AFAIK) to install the codecs provided
> by livna/freshrpms/{insert your favourite third party repo} and I think
> that installing well maintained rpm is a better way than untaring some
> binary libraries to /usr/lib... 
> Is there any reason why not to point the users from software-patent-free
> countries to this solution? IMHO it could be made like an another option
> like this: "If you are in a country where software patents does not
> exist you can legally install the codecs from third party repo via yum.
> Click here for more info." Or something like this to not cause legal
> problems in the US and provide (IMHO) better option for users from the
> EU. At least for the codecs that are in the gstreamer-plugins-{ugly;bad}
> packages.

I think it's sanest to leave this one to Red Hat Legal to give a
recommendation on this and document it extensively on the wiki to avoid
causing a massive flamewar over an issue that really requires the sutle
touch of a lawyer.

- David Nielsen
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