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Re: [gNewSense-users] patent policy

From: Kevin Dean
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] patent policy
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2007 14:00:56 -0400

>From my understanding of what Brian said was that gNewSense takes no
stance on patents. The removal of Mp3 in SPECIFC is not because it's
patented, but because gNewSense dropped Multiverse and does not plan
on EVER including it. Because Multiverse was dropped, gNewSense
doesn't have any Mp3 codecs, and removal of it from main/universe is
more polishing the distro rather than rejecting it on patent policy.

Of course, I could be wrong, this is my understanding of the situation.


On 8/6/07, Lee McCafferty <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Mon, 2007-08-06 at 14:24 +0200, Edi Granado wrote:
> > I'm confused, bbrazil said gNS take no stance on patents, but we have
> > here a list of non-free software that includes anti-patent policy,
> > e.g
> > MP3 Players:
> >
> > Thanks, Edi
> I believe the case is we take no stance on patents that are not
> aggressively enforced. mp3 happens to be patented tech with an
> aggressive enforcement policy ,hence its removal from the repos.
> If all patented tech were removed we would essentially have no O.S, so
> instead,only  the ones actively enforced are removed. That is my
> understanding of the situation anyway, if I am mistaken I would be happy
> to be corrected.
> Lee
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