[MPlayer-dev-eng] New customer: SCO / copyright infringement
rcooley at spamcop.net
Fri Apr 27 22:41:44 CEST 2007
On Fri, 27 Apr 2007 14:01:36 +0200
Carl Eugen Hoyos <cehoyos at ag.or.at> wrote:
> In short: SCO offers its UnixWare and SCO OpenServer customers mplayer
> binaries to download:
> They include, says heise.de, wma9dmod.dll, wmadmod.dll, wmspdmod.dll,
> wmv9dmod.dll and wmvdmod.dll.
That's very interesting.
I've downloaded the package, and it doesn't just contain Microsoft DLLs,
but it seems ALL the (essential) DLLs... wmv* vss* vp* divx* QuickTime,
I have to wonder if they've managed to secure licenses to all of
If not, they're clearly breaking the law (patents), and are also in a
very grey area of copyright law by redistributing the DLLs without
permission. If they have licensed them, then they must believe loading
closed-source, binary DLLs doesn't violate the GPL.
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