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From: Jon Lech Johansen <jon@...>
Subject: Re: avifile ebuild requires divx4linux and win32codecs on x86
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2003 01:03:33 +0200
On Fri, Apr 25, 2003 at 09:44:54PM +0200, Tony Clark (tclark@...) wrote:
> > Copyrighted works which do not include a license are still protected by
> > copyright law, and redistributing said works would be copyright
> > infringement.
> Which town, state, country, continent are you talking about?  

I am talking about most of WIPO's member states [1]. Requiring copyright
notices is not allowed under the Berne convention [2]. 

Many of the win32 codecs in question contain copyright notices where one
would expect to find them: in the PE header. 

> This is really off-topic on a technical list like gentoo-dev

There is no gentoo-legal. I would consider it off-topic if there was a
more appropriate gentoo list for this discussion, or if official Gentoo
policy is to ignore copyright issues. 

[1] http://www.wipo.org/members/members/index.html
[2] http://www.wipo.int/treaties/ip/berne/index.html

Leaving the legal issue aside for a moment, there is still a technical
issue.  

How about a "css" USE keyword for closed source software?

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