On Mon, Apr 28, 2003 at 01:34:37PM +0200, Jon Lech Johansen wrote:
> Explicit permission from the copyright owner is required to legally
Yes, but don't forget the reason for copyright to be there in the
first place; to protect the investment and make sure that you can make
money of that investment in the future. I think that by putting
something on the web for free download, without putting any
restrictions on it, they've made it clear that they don't mind if
these codecs are spread further. Not the same as, but quite similar
to, email and Usenet postings. Note how many companies, including
Microsoft and Apple, /do/ put restrictions on nearly everything else
they publish on the web.
If they did have any comments on gentoo mirroring their codecs, I
think that your initial letters to their legal deparments would have
atleast generated some response other than total silence.
Anyways, I doubt my gentoo-mirror is any faster than the Microsoft /
Apple sites, so I wouldn't exactly weep if portage downloaded the
codecs from those sites instead of the mirror. ;)
Oh, if only the world would've been run by people with common sense
instead of lawyers... ;)
 Not that I'm known as an abundant source of 'common sense'.
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