Bug 892270 - Imagemagick supported DDS and MPEG (patent problem)
Imagemagick supported DDS and MPEG (patent problem)
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: ImageMagick (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Pavel Alexeev
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: FE-Legal
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Reported: 2013-01-06 03:50 EST by mejiko
Modified: 2013-01-11 11:31 EST (History)
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Description mejiko 2013-01-06 03:50:58 EST
Hello.

imagemagick is supported DDS (DirectDraw Surface).
DDS used S3TC compression. S3TC is patened.

http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/nouveau/2010-March/005439.html
http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2010/12/msg00062.html
http://www.google.com/patents?vid=5956431

And imagemagick supported MPEG. (WMV, M2V, M4V, etc. used mpeg2encode)
MPEG is patented.

S3TC and MPEG is "Forbidden items".

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Forbidden_items?rd=ForbiddenItems


Suggests:

1. Remove DDS and MPEG module.
2. Replace Patent-free module (e.g: S2TC, Im not tested)
3. Replace imagemagick to graphicmagick (Im not tested) 
4. Remove Fedora repos.

Thanks.



Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirectDraw_Surface
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S3_Texture_Compression
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Objectives
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Software_Patents
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=823096
Comment 1 mejiko 2013-01-06 03:51:45 EST
Blocking FE-Legal, This is patent problem.
Comment 2 mejiko 2013-01-06 03:54:26 EST
I found typo. (in Description) 

incorrent: DDS used S3TC compression. S3TC is patened.

corrent: DDS used S3TC compression. S3TC is patented.

Sorry.
Comment 3 mejiko 2013-01-06 04:10:05 EST
Additional Reference URI:

http://www.imagemagick.org/Usage/formats/
Comment 4 Tom "spot" Callaway 2013-01-11 11:31:01 EST
After review by Red Hat Legal, we determined that because ImageMagick is covered by OIN, we are not aware of any patent issues involving this package. Closing as NOTABUG.

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