On Mon, Feb 14, 2005 at 09:28:22AM -0500, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
it's worse actually. If RH coughed up the $60k we still can't
since all MP3 decoders are GPL licensed. And the GPL doesn't actually
allow you to ship code only YOU have a patent license for; you need a
patent license for everyone and every possible derived work of that
code..... which the licensing guys aren't actually providing.
Even if we shipped a BSD licensed one it would leave third parties in very
awkward positions (eg folks hacking Fedora or making CDs). And if you want
a non-free mp3 player then the current Realplayer uses gtk is a great deal
better than the older one.