Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 70982
Xine plugins and patents on DivX
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:03 EDT
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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.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. ls /usr/lib/xine/plugins/*divx*
The divx plug-ins have been removed, pending their questionable legal status.
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.
Leaving this open, as we are currently researching a number of packages which
relate to this directly.
xine has been removed from the release entirely.