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Date:      Sat, 21 Sep 2002 22:32:14 +0200
From:      Bjarne Wichmann Petersen <>
To: (Gary W. Swearingen), Bjarne Wichmann Petersen <>
Cc:        <>
Subject:   Re: About to install FreeBSD as a Desktop...
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On Saturday 21 September 2002 19:17, Gary W. Swearingen wrote:

> > Yes, I prefer mplayer. But there is VLC, Xine and Ogle as well (all in
> > ports).
> I thought DVD playing required the use of patented mathematics (I know
> it's mathematics, even if they call it algorithms or methods or even
> software), secret country codes, etc.  What's the current situation?
> How do the above players manage it?  Are they legal in most countries?

Xine is quite legal in all countries, but some of it's plugins are not. VLC, 
mplayer and Ogle breaks CSS, and is possible illegal in the US ... and with 
the infosoc directive in all EU-countries by 22nd december.

That means, by 22nd of december I will become a criminal... civil 
disobedience is the path I'll choose.


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