[d@DCC] Re: [OTT-GOSLING] A/V File formats and CODECs (Was: CBC to back only proprietary Microsoft Media format.)
mcr at sandelman.ottawa.on.ca
Fri Sep 10 14:02:07 EDT 2004
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>>>>> "Russell" == Russell McOrmond <russell at flora.ca> writes:
Russell> In the case of mplayer they try to get around CODEC
Russell> patents by encouraging you to use the Microsoft Windows DLL
Russell> versions of the codecs. In this case you have to have a
Russell> license for the software where those DLLs came from. If
Russell> you duel/dual boot between Microsoft Windows and Linux, it
Russell> is assumed (although not tested in court) that the use of
Russell> these DLLs is legal. If you are like me and run only FLOSS
Russell> operating systems, it would be a violation of copyright for
Russell> me to use these DLLs.
Whether or not the DLL is legal is a red-herring.
The DLL is not available for non-i386 class processors.
Now I'm being told that i must buy a Microsoft license (to get the
DLL), *AND* I must a processor for Intel (or perhaps AMD or VIA).
I can not, for instance, buy Motorola, Transmeta, ARM, or MIPS.
(MIPS is a relatively open standard for processors. Essentially anyone
can implement the MIPS instruction set)
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