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Re: Does the freeworld repository exist yet?

On Wed, 2003-10-08 at 12:22, Warren Togami wrote:
> Nils O. Selsdal wrote:
> > 
> > Blender + openal can probably be rebuilt without smpeg.
> > Should it be done ? 
> I would prefer that it wouldn't.  Rather than distribute crippled 
> binaries, why not instead make binary compatible dummy packages for the 
> US-centric distribution.  Here's an example of libdvdcss.
> https://bugzilla.fedora.us/show_bug.cgi?id=453
> Ideally a binary compatible dummy package would contain everything 
> necessary to link against it, but infringing functionality is cut out 
> and replaced by annoying pop-up windows that say the function is removed 
> and why, but not how to fix it because that would be a violation of the 
> DMCA in many cases.
> And yes I am completely serious about annoying pop-up windows.  TRY the 
> libdvdcss contained in the linked Bugzilla report above.
It's a nice concept, but seems like a pain to keep the real library
and the dummy one in sync as the library gets updated. 

> The the American user would then be legally powerless to do anything, 
> but those living in other countries where it is not illegal could 
> possibly replace the real library if the package exists.
It will probably also be a pain for users tracking/deciding wether it
is illegal in their country or not.(for the 1% of users that actually

> Being a patriotic and law abiding American, it would be treasonous to my 
> country's corporate interests to point to such a theoretical repository.
> God bless America and everything it stands for.  I love this country. 
> Don't you?
I'll probably not comment on that..

Vennlig hilsen/Best Regards
Nils Olav Selåsdal
System Engineer
UtelSystems a/s
w w w . u t e l s y s t e m s . c o m

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