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Re: mp3 help...

On Sun, 26 Oct 2003, Chris wrote:

> On Sunday 26 October 2003 02:10 am, Mike A. Harris wrote:
> > And has been said 500 times in the past as well *EVERY* single
> > time this stupid MP3 debate comes up, Red Hat is a USA
> > corporation, subject to the laws of the United States of America
> > worldwide.  Consult past discussions on various mailing lists,
> > and an US IP attorney for further details.
> eh? What kind of stupidness is this?  If RedHat were based in Germany there 
> wouldn't be any mp3 support either!
> I am new to this mailing list and I havn't read the 500 other discussions on 
> the topic, but I know that the DMCA is not the reason why mp3 support is not 
> added to RedHat.  I thought the reason was because of licensing issues 
> related to mp3s, not the DMCA.

It's a software patent issue that currently cannot be enforced in Europe afaik.

Besides we wouldn't be having the whole patenting issue now if it wasn't                                                     
for the US. The guidelines used by the European commission were actually                                                     
designed by the Business Software Alliance and mostly lobbied by several 
US interest groups.

Kind regards,
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