Sale of codecs

Derick Eisenhardt derick.eisenhardt at
Thu Sep 25 16:32:10 BST 2008

For those of us who live in the US, with all the software patents and
whatnot we have to deal with, it's currently the only true legal venue for
us to receive our codecs. I'm not saying it's right, but it is sadly the
only way for Ubuntu to fully support the multimedia needs of those in
America and other countries with similar copyright/patent laws.

- Derick Eisenhardt
Mississippi LoCo Team

On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 1:59 AM, Corey Burger <corey.burger at>wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 11:38 PM, Neil Coetzer <nit006.5 at> wrote:
> > Dear all,
> >
> > I have just had a rather embarrassing situation arise over the
> announcement
> > of proprietary codecs being for sale. We have just submitted an article
> > (which we do monthly) to a local newsletter published by the Computer
> > Society of Zimbabwe, and along with our article bragging about the Ubuntu
> > promise of always being free, they also published a link to this article:
> >
> >
> >
> > which claims that Ubuntu has become commercial and is no longer free
> based
> > on this codec issue. I have so far been unable to find out for sure,
> whether
> > or not the free download of codecs is still available? I would assume so,
> > but can anyone confirm this before I start complaining to the people who
> > mass-mailed that link? I would appreciate it if anyone can shed any light
> on
> > what is actually happening and what the implications are.
> >
> > Urgent feedback would be appreciated so that I can jump on the Computer
> > Society of Zimbabwe and ask them to retract that publicly if necessary.
> To put none to fine a point on it, Sam Varghese is a garbage
> journalist (He may be a perfectly wonderful person, but his
> jounrnalism is terrible).  I would ignore what he says.
> Medibuntu is not going away (afaik) nor are the free codecs in
> multiverse. I honestly have no idea if we are planning to go the
> Fedora route and only sell codecs, but I seriously doubt it.
> Corey
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