Spotlight on multimedia
Posted Oct 19, 2006 6:30 UTC (Thu) by bignose
In reply to: Spotlight on multimedia
Parent article: Ubuntu 7.04 planning begins
> > The last thing we need is yet another "here's your OS that calls itself
> > free but has essential software that ties you to a single vendor for
> > improvements".
> Much better to simply deny the users the ability to view or hear
> multimedia content unless it is ogg vorbis or ogg theora.
Always remember who is doing the denying in these cases. Free software is an *increase* in freedom above the default; copyleft is a *guarantee* of that freedom. But software freedoms can be denied by external legal barriers, outside the control of those who provide the free software.
The holders of idea patents on media formats are denying free-software implementations of those formats. That's where the pressure needs to be applied.
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