xine and dvd license
Posted Oct 16, 2003 3:20 UTC (Thu) by ncm
In reply to: xine and dvd license
Parent article: A Review of LindowsOS 4.0
elanthis seems to have swallowed some of the MPAA's propaganda.
(He seems also to have missed the distinction between encrypted
and unencrypted DVDs, but I won't comment further on that.)
The posting above is unnecessarily alarmist. While Lindows
might get in trouble for distributing unlicensed DVD players
(it would be hard for the consortium to argue at this late date
that their trade secret remains legitimately secret, particularly
in light of events in Norway courts), nobody could get in trouble
for having installed one.
Similarly, nobody buying a DVD has agreed, by that act, to any
onerous licensing restrictions. They've just bought a disc, and
are subject to nothing more stringent than ordinary copyright
law. Indeed, they have an implicit license beyond its provisions:
in the U.S., the Uniform Commercial Code implies that they are
allowed to do anything they need to do to make full use of the
product they have paid for. If the box didn't list restrictions,
the vendor isn't allowed to add any that can be discovered only
after the box is opened.
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