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  • #16
    Originally posted by Vadi View Post
    I wouldn't say so much OEM's, because those already do have a solution (see Dell).
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    If Dell shipped with DVD decryption and ac-3 support utilizing unlicensed alternatives I can guarantee you the MPEG LA and Dolby Labs would come knocking on the corporate doors of Dell as they all require patent royalty as well for any MPEG2 playback.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by deanjo View Post
      It's not you that really would have to be worried about getting sued, it's the OEMs like Dell, Levono, and other linux supporters that would have to worry about getting sued, not to mention the distributions, if they included libdvdcss and other potentially patent infringing and drm legalities. At minimum licenses have to be acquired "legally" to allow decryption and audio playback (AC-3 sound, potentially others like DTS as well and your various audio surround technologies).
      On the other hand I don't want to pay for things I will not use anyway, and the cost of those licenses will fall on me as the buyer. If I want to buy a laptop loaded with crap I can always buy one with windows.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by val-gaav View Post
        On the other hand I don't want to pay for things I will not use anyway, and the cost of those licenses will fall on me as the buyer. If I want to buy a laptop loaded with crap I can always buy one with windows.
        Your hardware is already laden with licenses that YOUR paying for, whether you like it or not, whether you use it or not. Even when you buy barebones products like video / motherboards / audio / etc, your paying for licensing you may never use. At least if you purchase a dell ubuntu system you ARE supporting companies that DO at least support it. Seriously, your net add on cost by buying a system that comes with LinDVD or PowerDVD is maybe 2-3 dollars. Small price to pay for a company that at least puts out a product for something other then windows.

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        • #19
          What really saddens me is that nowhere in the original article is it mentioned that most of these issues is a USA only problem. Most of the rest of the world does not recognize BS patents on mathematical formulas etc.

          So this is not a Linux vs Windows issue, but an insane patent laws in USA issue. The discussions should be about that, because the real danger is that the US patent maffia will force through their rules and laws in the rest of the world as well (they are already working hard on it for quite a while). Dont obscure this difference of USA vs the rest of the world, because the day people resign to "this is normal" the patent mongers have won.

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