Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Mar 2007 22:44 UTC
Linux "Ubuntu is a strong desktop distro, but it falls short for some users in a few areas. Where are the multimedia codecs and DVD support, and what's with all the brown, for heaven's sake? If you'd like multimedia support with a minty fresh theme, try Linux Mint 2.2, an Ubuntu-based distro that throws in support for Flash 9, Windows Media Format, DVDs, MP3s, and troublesome wireless cards."
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RE: legal?
by CapEnt on Fri 9th Mar 2007 03:42 UTC in reply to "legal?"
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Illegal? How it is illegal? I live in Brazil, and i don't remember these things being illegal here. The world is big man, and US laws is only valid in US.

Linux Mint is from Ireland.

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RE[2]: legal?
by AdamW on Fri 9th Mar 2007 07:47 in reply to "RE: legal?"
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Copyright law is valid anywhere in the world with a vaguely enforceable copyright regime, which includes Ireland and Brazil. win32-codecs includes directly copied .dll files from Windows Media Player and Quicktime, in clear violation of their licenses and hence Microsoft's and Apple's copyright. ffmpeg, MP3 and libdvdcss are only in trouble for patents, which is different. Hence my question.

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RE[3]: legal?
by dylansmrjones on Fri 9th Mar 2007 10:23 in reply to "RE[2]: legal?"
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You are in part right, and in part you are wrong.

It is perfectly legal to distribute copyrighted material IF the downloader has a valid license for Windows.

In USA it is - according to the "Betamax decision" not inherently illegal to distribute copyrighted material IF "substantial non-infringing use can be made of them". ( )

What MS EULA and Apple EULA state doesn't matter in many countries. Denmark is one of those, since both EULAs are requiring me to surrender rights I cannot surrender according to danish Copyright Law.

Copyright can be enforced in most parts of the world, but what can and cannot be enforced differs from country to country. In Denmark cracking DRM is illegal unless it is necessary in order to use software/digital work as intended (like playing a DVD in Linux).

Things are NOT as black'n'white as you want to make it look like.

The win32-codecs ARE not inherently illegal - not even in USA.

EDIT: fxied a typo

Edited 2007-03-09 10:26

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