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Re: [SLE] The future of SuSE Sales?
  • From: kai <kai@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 19:49:39 -0700
  • Message-id: <200604241949.40269.kai@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sunday 23 April 2006 06:00 pm, Bryan S. Tyson wrote:
> On Sunday 23 April 2006 06:39 pm, Darryl Gregorash wrote:
> > As an aside, when did libDVDcss become legal in the United States?
>
> It's obviously legal under the right circumstances since all living-room
> DVD players and Windows-based software players like Power DVD can play
> encrypted DVDs!

Um, not quite.

They (the "legal" players and hardware devices) don't use libDVDcss. They use
the "official" library which does exactly the same thing.

It is akin to the US saying that acetaminophen is only legally sold by
CompanyX, yet you still buy the substance from another company, which
manufactures a generic. Though US (and other countries) allow this in drug
manufacturing, they don't seem to follow the same rules for css. (Unless, of
course, the patent is longer than seven years.)

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