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Re: Legal update

Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:

Linking to "third party repositories": Legal says that we can link, from
the Fedora website, to third party repositories, so long as no one has
made a critical assessment to determine that a patent or patents cover
the technology in question and no party has actually asserted their
patents against the technology, we should be okay. Once we are on notice
of a claim of infringement or are aware of a competent assessment that
concludes infringement is likely, we would need to take the link down or
run a serious risk of facing a claim for inducing infringement.  Merely
linking would be highly unlikely to subject us to a claim of direct
infringement. I asked about MP3, and it was stated that unless we are
specifically aware of the MP3 patent holders asserting a claim against
the technology, we are still okay.

So the real question now that Red Hat Legal is ok with it is whether we in the Fedora Project should be doing it?

I think we should link to RPM Fusion (the free part) in the future if and when it's up and running from codeina as a alternative to Fluendo codecs since that is the reason why I wanted [1] to ask this question and why I requested RPM Fusion folks to split the repository into two parts. Free (but potentially patent encumbered) and non-free. If we want to do this, the exact wording and methodology that would satisfy our legal obligations should be discussed too.


[1] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.redhat.fedora.advisory-board/2717

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