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From: Jon Lech Johansen <jon@××××××××.net>
To: gentoo-dev@g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] avifile ebuild requires divx4linux and win32codecs on x86
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 17:24:19
>From media-video/avifile/avifile-
x86? ( >=media-libs/divx4linux-20020418 >=media-libs/win32codecs-0.90 ) Requiring these is bad for two reasons: 1. Both divx4linux and win32codecs consist of closed source software. 2. win32codecs ebuild consists of WMP, QT and other codecs which are downloaded from mplayer's website. AFAIK the mplayer team has not obtained a redistribution license from either Microsoft or Apple, which makes their distribution a violation of copyright law. Their website is located in Hungary, which is a member state of WIPO (whose treaties are the basis for most copyright laws around the world). Providing the win32codecs ebuild could be considered contributory copyright infringement. -- Jon Lech Johansen jon@××××××××××.org Stat sua cuique dies, breve et inreparabile tempus omnibus est vitae; sed famam extendere factis, hoc virtutis opus. -- gentoo-dev@g.o mailing list