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Re: [SLE] Viewing DVD Movies
  • From: Anders Johansson <andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 21 May 2005 13:28:47 +0200
  • Message-id: <200505211328.47637.andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Saturday 21 May 2005 13:03, Sid Boyce wrote:
> The libdvdcss that comes with SuSE distros is crippled for legal
> reasons,

libdvdcss isn't included at all, I think you meant 'the xine/mplayer'

> DVD decyption is illegal in Germany.

Er, no, DVD players are actually sold even in Germany :)

What is illegal is to distribute a means to decrypt them without a license
from the patent holder. It's more or less the same idea as the DMCA in the
states. There is no law that I know of that specifically targets DVDs, it's a
general patent/copyright thing

It is possible to sell licensed DVD players though, and a few linux
distributors have done so. I know TurboLinux did it, and I *think* Mandrake
and Linspire have done it too

> That's why you either have
> to build your own from downloaded sources or use the one from packman's
> site.

packman doesn't distribute the sources or binaries anymore, you have to get
the sources from videolan, and then Packman has the framework that helps you
build them once they're downloaded. There is a site in Brazil that has the
precompiled stuff.

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