libdvdcss2 for multiverse
john.dong at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 16:17:19 GMT 2007
Medibuntu is managed by competent, trustworthy hands whom we are familiar
with. Is there anything wrong with having our automatic codec installer system
be able to put in medibuntu sources? AFAIK distributing a script to find stuff
like this is not illegal (OpenSuse is doing it in North America, heck
libdvdread3 already does this but fetches a Debian libdvdcss2 package)
On Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 05:06:29PM +0100, Stephan Hermann wrote:
> Hi Mario,
> Am Tue, 20 Nov 2007 10:01:14 -0600
> schrieb "Mario Limonciello" <superm1 at ubuntu.com>:
> > Hi again everyone.
> > In line with my previous thoughts I was looking more for
> > possibilities to lower barriers requiring the use of medibuntu. The
> > next item I wanted to address was libdvdcss2, which I'm sure will be
> > stirring a separate discussion. (This is why I'm starting a separate
> > thread for it).
> > Quoting from http://www.ubuntu.com/community/ubuntustory/components:
> > The "multiverse" component contains software that is "not free",
> > which means
> > > the licensing requirements of this software do not meet the Ubuntu
> > > "main" Component Licence
> > > Policy<http://www.ubuntu.com/community/ubuntustory/licensing>.
> > > <http://www.ubuntu.com/community/ubuntustory/licensing>
> > >
> > > The onus is on you to verify your rights to use this software and
> > > comply with the licensing terms of the copyright holder.
> > >
> > > This software is not supported and usually cannot be fixed or
> > > updated. Use it at your own risk.
> > >
> > The license on the software allows redistribution, the questionable
> > part then becomes copyright and/or patents in some locations. If
> > users are supposed to verify their rights to use software in
> > multiverse first, What is keeping it from multiverse?
> The software itself is not the problem, imho. The problem is, that css2
> (the purpose of this software) is totally illegal in many countries.
> Which means, even the usage or the distribution is illegal.
> IMHO, it will go like that: some strange american lawyer, paid by media
> industry, will sue canonical as sponsor and main developer company
> behind ubuntu, and I don't think nobody wants to see this happen.
> css2 is a very special case. But it's easy, even for
> non-well-knowledged people to install it manually from other
> And, don't by crypted dvds ,-)
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