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Re: [opensuse] The state of openSUSE
  • From: Andreas Hanke <andreas.hanke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2006 01:34:17 +0200
  • Message-id: <44C16479.3020007@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hi,

Pascal Bleser schrieb:
> It's not possible, because most community repositories (at least Packman
> and mine) contain packages that Novell cannot link to, for legal reasons
> (e.g. packages like lame, mad, ...). Well, actually, it's for potential
> patent infringement problems (not copyright issues).

Binaries of (L)GPL software that implement patented technology are
actually in violation of both the patents and the copyright license
(even authors of such (L)GPL software are often not aware of this). It's
Section 7 of the GPL and section 11 of the LGPL.

This is the reason why the MP3 decoding stuff on the Add-On product is
handled via the RealPlayer and not the much more obvious and well-known
(L)GPL decoders.

Andreas Hanke

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