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Re: to autodownload or not to autodownload



Jaroslaw Gorny wrote:

I understand that it is illegal from the US POV to link non-us users
directly to third party repos containing codecs. Instead of this, the
page contains only:
"If you are in a location where these patents do not apply, you may
have other options as well."
And users have to find out by themselves what these options are ;)

Yes, because it is illegal otherwise.

So why don't we just do the same with US users? Something like:
"If you are in a location where these patents apply (eg. US), there are
companies that provide legal software to play such formats"
would be enough, I think.

We are allowed to point to sources in this case. If you are in U.S and other regions enforcing such patents, somebody has to pay for the patent license. It might be hardware vendor, OS vendor or whatever. Hiding the cost hides one of the fundamental problems that users need to understand (ie) a completely free Fedora cannot include paid and proprietary codecs. Highlighting the cost is part of the message that codeina provides to the end users. The fundamental part is the education and push for free formats unrestricted by patents. The source we point to is tangential and we can point to any valid source which is only one as of now.

Rahul


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