Bug 70982 - Xine plugins and patents on DivX
Xine plugins and patents on DivX
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: xine (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: wdovlrrw
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Blocks: 67217
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Reported: 2002-08-07 12:07 EDT by Mukund Sivaraman
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-08-16 10:25:44 EDT
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Description Mukund Sivaraman 2002-08-07 12:07:17 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.1b) Gecko/20020722

Description of problem:
What is the status of patents on the DivX plugin in Xine distributed with Red
Hat? The DivX plugin is built and distributed with Red Hat Public Beta 2 of
Limbo. Has Red Hat done any patent study on it, because it is likely Red Hat may
be held responsible for the software it sells as a commercial product.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. ls /usr/lib/xine/plugins/*divx*

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Comment 1 Preston Brown 2002-08-13 22:12:16 EDT
The divx plug-ins have been removed, pending their questionable legal status.
Comment 2 Mukund Sivaraman 2002-08-14 06:21:56 EDT
Red Hat might want to undertake a patent study over various multimedia codecs
included with Red Hat Linux. While I have submitted a report for one other
package (XMMS and MPEG-1 Layer 3 audio), there are many other packages such as
mpg321 and MPEG2 video in Xine, which need to be studied.
Comment 3 Jay Turner 2002-08-16 10:25:40 EDT
Leaving this open, as we are currently researching a number of packages which
relate to this directly.
Comment 4 Jay Turner 2002-09-03 15:07:30 EDT
xine has been removed from the release entirely.

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