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Re: [opensuse] libdvdcss, mp3, legal shmoo (was: ...from a former gentoo'er)
  • From: Martin Sommer <msommer@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 14:25:22 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0510041416050.11255@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, 4 Oct 2005, houghi wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 04, 2005 at 11:31:17AM +0200, Andreas Simon wrote:
> > On Tuesday 04 October 2005 09:54, Pascal Bleser wrote:
> >
> > > So, to summarize: libdvdcss2 is (L)GPL, but infringes patents because they
> > > break the conditions by which you are allowed to play encrypted DVDs.
> >
> > Apart from any patents libdvdcss2 circumvents a copy-protection of music data
> > media. The ownership, distribution, or usage of such copy-protection
> > circumventions is also illegal in some countries due to the law on copyright
> > (You already made the example of the german c't magazine which got sued
> > because of a mere hyperlink to such a circumvention).
> Apperently I was not clear in what I wanted to say. What I wanted to say
> is if there is a LEGAL solution as in a company is able to sell something
> like libdvdcss in the same way as it is done for XP, it is better to have
> that as a solution for the whole of Linux, not just for SUSE users.
> The problem is simple, they don't want to sell it, so they make it so
> difficult so they can legaly say they are willing to sell.

I really don't understand what you wanna say. Who don't want to sell what?
Microsoft is not selling a DVD player. Only Cyberlink and Intervideo sell
DVD players. These players are able to use macrovision with the graphics
cards since there are interfaces available provided by the graphics
cards manufacturers due to cooperations between the major graphics cards
vendors, Microsoft and Macrovision. Therefore the DVD players are able to
switch on macrovision in XP but not in Linux.

Dr. Martin Sommer Product Manager Consumer Products
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, Maxfeldstraße 5, D-90409 Nürnberg
Phone: +49 (0) 911 740 530 Fax: +49 (0) 911 740 53 575
Email: martin.sommer@xxxxxxxx
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