H.264 in Fedora 17!

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Wed Mar 21 02:29:54 UTC 2012

On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM, Rahul Sundaram <metherid at gmail.com> wrote:

> Note that Debian does include a decoder by default for both MP3 and
> H.264 but they can only do so because they are a non-profit and the
> worst case scenario is a injunction until they remove the infringing
> parts so realistically noone is going to go after them because one
> cannot extract money from Debian.

This is not true according to the debian social contract.

There is no mention of copyright on the page. It is not a page about

Your argument is refuted most strongly by

*License Must Not Be Specific to Debian*

*No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups*

*No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor*

The document is quite clear that Debian will not distribute software which
only they can distribute or which can only be distributed

Debian distributes H.264 because it is free at least in the majority of the
world which does not have a terrorist government.   Put down your religion
and look again.

On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 8:46 PM, Kevin Kofler <kevin.kofler at chello.at>wrote:

> Avi אבי Alkalay אלקלעי  wrote:
> > What are the legal tools that Ubuntu uses so it can ship H.264 ?
> It's based on the Isle of Man, not in the USA.

Ubuntu's parent company is headquartered in the UK just like RedHat is
headquartered in the US.

If the US's repressive laws are holding Fedora back, why not simply open a
Fedora organization in the Isle of Man just like Ubuntu has done.

In any case. This argument is moot. Fedora will distribute H.264 because it
will be part of Firefox.
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