[MPlayer-DOCS] CVS: homepage index.html,1.26,1.27
Diego Biurrun CVS
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Sun Jun 5 23:42:35 CEST 2005
CVS change done by Diego Biurrun CVS
Update of /cvsroot/mplayer/homepage
In directory mail:/var2/tmp/cvs-serv21953
updated and rephrased version of the software patent info
RCS file: /cvsroot/mplayer/homepage/index.html,v
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- MPlayer is seriously threatened by software patents due to the
- numerous patented multimedia techniques. Also threatened
- are the many programs built upon MPlayer and the other
- free software multimedia players, like
+ Multimedia is an impenetrable
+ <a href="http://wiki.ffii.org/Mpegla05En">patent thicket</a>.
+ All important techniques, formats and standards are covered by broad
+ and trivial patents that harm progress and make independent
+ implementations hard or impossible. Thus MPlayer and the
+ other free software multimedia players, like
and especially <a href="http://ffmpeg.org/">FFmpeg</a>, which
- provides the framework all of the above players use.
+ provides the framework all of the above players use, are seriously
+ threatened by software patents. Already companies are succeeding
+ at driving multimedia libraries out of existence with
+ <a href="http://videolan.org/libdca.html">legal threats</a>.
- Multimedia is a patent minefield. All important techniques and formats
- are covered by broad and trivial patents that are harming progress and
- alternative implementations, such as free software multimedia players.
- The European council has just passed its directive on software patents,
+ The Council of the European Union has adopted it's so-called
+ "Common Position" on software patents,
<a href="http://wiki.ffii.org/Cons050307En">violating democratic rules and procedures</a>
- to the sole benefit of big non-European corporation and Ireland and
- to the detriment of small and medium sized businesses (which comprise
- 99% of the European software industry) and free software.
+ to the sole benefit of big multinational (mostly non-European)
+ corporations and Ireland and to the detriment of small and medium
+ sized businesses (which comprise the majority of the European
+ software industry) and free software.
- The European parliament will now be taking the last stand against
- software patents in a voting for which an absolute majority is
- needed. Such a majority is hard to come by in a parliament with a
- low attendance level.
+ If the European Parliament fails to rally an absolute majority (367)
+ of all members of the European Parliament - not just an absolute
+ majority of the attending members - for substantial amendments in
+ July, then the Council's directive will become law and the hunting
+ season for US-style software patent enforcement in Europe will begin.
+ Such a majority is hard to come by in a parliament with a low
+ attendance level.
@@ -69,7 +73,7 @@
<a href="http://lpf.ai.mit.edu/Patents/industry-at-risk.html">software patents are a bad idea in the first place</a>
and why they <strong>must</strong> attend that parliament session to
vote against them. Make it clear that they need to stop the
- <a href="http://wiki.ffii.org/LtrFfiiCons050308En">machinations of the EU council</a>
+ <a href="http://wiki.ffii.org/LtrFfiiCons050308En">machinations of the Council of the European Union</a>
and reaffirm the power of the EU parliament, the only democratically
elected EU institution.
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