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Re: Wording of Legal Issues myth



Toshio Kuratomi wrote:

>On Sun, 2005-08-21 at 00:19 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
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>>Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
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>>>On Sat, 2005-08-20 at 23:42 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
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>>>>Do you have wiki access, If so you can edit the wiki yourself. Link to 
>>>>http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/ForbiddenItems which clarifies the status
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>>>Yep.  I can commit the change.  I just wanted to see if anyone thought
>>>the revision crossed any legal boundaries before doing so.
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>>>-Toshio
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>>That page already explains everything in a legally safe now. Is there 
>>anything left to add there? . Just linking seems to be less ambiguous to me
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>It needs to explan that there are reasonably easy fixes to get full
>multimedia.  The myth is that Fedora is not suitable in a desktop
>environment because it cannot do multimedia.  The Facts are: 1) We don't
>include them for legal reasons (this is already there, incl. the link to
>ForbiddenItems).  2) We are sympathetic to the user's frustration and
>have done what we can to help 3) There is a reasonably easy solution for
>users who need this capability.  We don't yet address points 2 and 3.
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>If you point someone to this page in order to read the legal section
>they currently get the impression that we won't ship for legal reasons
>*so* Fedora will always be second rate in terms of multimedia.  I want
>to expand on that so they leave feeling that Fedora won't ship legally
>encumbered code *but* we've done our best to enable users to get the
>multimedia experience they expect.
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>If their gripe is that they can't play mp3s, only giving an explanation
>of why is telling them "Tough luck" which is a pretty unfriendly
>response.  An telling why plus information that we've thought about the
>problem and there are solutions is "We hate the situation too but we're
>doing what we can to not get sued and provide you with the multimedia
>capabilities you desire."
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>I think my addition makes this second point.  If no one thinks it's
>problematic, I'll commit it.
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>-Toshio
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I've made a few small changes.  Check it out now and see if you feel it
does a better job.  I still want to avoid duplicating information
presented on the ForbiddenItems page, but I can certainly agree with
your points.

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