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Ubuntu and Multimedia Patents: An Introduction

Feb 12, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Tozzi)

"If you're like me, you don't put much thought into where your multimedia codecs come from: you run a quick "apt-get install gstreamer-plugins-ugly" on new installs and move on to more important things. But not everyone's like me, and as Ubuntu moves increasingly into government and the workplace, patent and licensing issues are becoming more and more important for many Ubuntu users.

"Over the next couple weeks, we'll be writing about multimedia patents and the Ubuntu community. This first post outlines the situation and explains why multimedia patents matter more than you may think. Linux and patents

"The Linux community has a long history of shirking restrictive software patents and licenses, which should not surprise anyone."

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