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Legit Linux Codecs In the U.S.

“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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