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Legit Linux Codecs In the U.S.

Oct 25, 2007, 02:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pascal Meunier)

"As a beginner Linux user, I only recently realized that few people are aware or care that they are breaking U.S. law by using unlicensed codecs. Even fewer know that the codecs they use are unlicensed, or what to do about it. Warning dialogs (e.g., in Ubuntu) provide no practical alternative to installing the codecs, and are an unwelcome interruption to workflow. Those warnings are easily forgotten afterwards, perhaps despite good intentions to correct the situation. Due to software patents in the U.S., codecs from sound to movies such as h.264 need to be licensed, regardless of how unpalatable the law may be, and of how this situation is unfair to U.S. and Canadian citizens compared to other countries..."

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