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Oh, shit no, not this again!

VideoLAN is seriously threatened by software patents due to the numerous patented techniques it implements and uses. Also threatened are the many libraries and projects which VLC is built upon, like FFmpeg, and the other fellow Free And Open Source software multimedia players, which include MPlayer, xine, Freevo, MythTV, gstreamer.

Yeah. Who are my local EU representatives?
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porsupah From: porsupah Date: April 9th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I've long wondered how projects like VLC would be able to skirt patent liabilities.. *sigh* Sadly, the EU, at Microsoft's behest, has been moving towards software patents, overriding objections by some member nations.

What next? Ideally, holders would appreciate that OSS endeavors like VLC (a good player, and one I use now and then, despite the UI) aren't attempting to usurp their rights to said patents, less still in any position to pay for them, and could choose to (or be obliged to? Could be a plausible countermeasure) offer them at no cost, though that might give rise to some interesting license considerations wrt the GPL. (As opposed to now, where it simply pretends software patents don't exist and are not used in free softeware?)

Bah. "1-Click Shopping", that's all I have to say.
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