Free Me Too

Russell Harrison rtlm10 at
Tue Feb 19 21:35:40 UTC 2008

On Feb 18, 2008 2:43 PM, Rahul Sundaram <sundaram at> wrote:
> Ya. Those would be good. How did you get the Google Videos converted?
> How about all the other content not in theora or any open format?

I'd love to help out with this project.  I'm not the video conversion
expert (yet) but I'm constantly wanting to do this at work when people
release files as wmv, mov, etc.  I love the idea of having a
collection of free media available.  There are so many videos out
there I'm always looking to point people to.

A couple of thoughts up front.

Is there any legal exposure if we use tools with potential patent
problems to convert content even if they aren't distributed on the
DVD?  h.264 comes to mind as an example.  The tools are available in
the livna repos but not in the default repos.

Should all of the content on the DVD be licensed under free licenses
such as Creative Commons, or is it acceptable for the Copyrite holder
to release the content for distribution with the DVD.  The obvious
drawback there would be that people receiving the DVD wouldn't be able
to reuse the content.

Russell Harrison

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