Sean O Sullivan
seanos at gmail.com
Fri Mar 11 00:20:54 GMT 2005
I'm unsure if this is old news ... but I haven't seen it reported
just went to mplayer website there ... mplayer has been shut down due to
patent infringements ...
from the site :
* This site has been shut down because of numerous patent violations in
MPlayer. The other free software multimedia players are next. *
The European commission has just passed its directive on software
patents, violating democratic rules and procedures to the sole benefit
of big non-European corporation and Ireland and to the detriment of
small and medium sized businesses (which comprise 99% of the European
software industry) and free software.
The European parliament will now be taking the last stand against
software patents in a voting for which an absolute majority is needed.
Such a majority is hard to come by in a parliament with a low attendance
This really is a low day ... mplayer is one of the big linux media
players, and if they're shut down ... it's a huge knock to linux on the
desktop & general linux with media stuffs.
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