Help wanted to evolve KDEs music players

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at
Tue Aug 4 11:53:16 BST 2015

On Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 10:38 PM, Martin Sandsmark
<martin.sandsmark at> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 04, 2015 at 10:28:35PM +1200, Ben Cooksley wrote:
>> We can't speak for our mirrors in terms of legal risk - those hosting
>> VLC in the questionable countries may have decided they'll take the
>> risk.
>> The USA is the obvious problem country there...
> But what kind of legal risk are we talking about here?

The same one Redhat / Fedora don't like at all, and which SUSE is
working around...

> I can't really see why VLC would be worse than pretty much anything else we
> ship in terms of patents, for example (there are patents covering a ton of
> stuff we do).
> If it is the DVD de-scrambling that is in a separate library, and AFAIK it is
> fairly straight-forward to just build libdvdread and/or VLC without that
> dependency. From some simple googling it seems like fedora already ships a
> libdvdread without de-scrambling enabled, for example.
> --
> Martin Sandsmark


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