[MPlayer-users] DeCSS legal status

Brett Kosinski brettk at frodo.dyn.gno.org
Mon Mar 31 21:55:41 CEST 2003

> > > There has never been such a ruling, and probably not even such a claim.
> > > The reason the lawyers go after decss itself (the source) is probably
> > > because it can be used in making something to copy dvds. That's quite
> > > different from a binary that only plays them. Rich
> >
> > Oooh, do keep in mind that players must be licensed by the DVD consortium,
> > or whatever it is.  This is how players get legal copies of the DVD keys.
> > So creating a player without such a license may very well be illegal.
> Who cares? :) I've bought a DVD player in MediaMarkt ;-) (very cheap)

Well, I don't. :)  But the question was one of legality.  Technically, it
may very well be illegal to create an unlicensed device/program/widget
which can play DVDs, which could include a Linux bootdisk with mplayer and
DeCSS on it.


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