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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:49 pm    Post subject: mplayer site down? Reply with quote

Mplayer site is down for patent infringement? Wow, what's going on here, folks? Is it the beginning of the end?

http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/index.html
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No it isn't... Yet.
They are just trying to make you aware of the fact that one day they may be, if this EU software patent bill passes....

You can access the mplayer homepage here: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/news.html
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will EU patent reform affect users in the United States?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't know my friend, I am no legal expert :) But I guess it will.

As far as I understood the thing is it would then be possible to patent ideas used in software, so not only the implementation, ie the source code is protected by copyright. This is of course BAD as it would force small software companies(without a buckload of patents) to keep on reinventing the wheel...

You can read more about it on http://www.nosoftwarepatents.com/en/m/intro/index.html
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In fact after reading through the site, I've decided to actively promote the Petition for a Software Patent Free Europe.
You can find it in my sig now...
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please follow up to https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-306674.html

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