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VideoLAN might disappear !, The battle is not over...
PatchWorKs
post Dec 4 2005, 16:03
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During the night of 22nd to 23rd December 2005, while everybody is preparing for Christmas, the French Parliament will rule about the "DADVSI" law. This vote will be made with minimal discussion, as an "emergency" has been declared on this law.

This law is the French transcription of the european EUCD (European Union Copyright Directive) text, which itself comes from the american DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act).
The main goal of this law is to restrict the rights of digital content purchasers. It most notably forbids them from working around technical content protection measures.
Doing so, writing or publishing software allowing to do so, or even merely talking about ways to do so becomes an offence that can be punished with three years in jail.

VideoLAN is directly impacted, most notably for its DVD reading capability (all Linux DVD reading software has the same problem). Should this law be passed, this would seriously hinder VLC's development.

The french website eucd.info collects a large number of related articles and documentation

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post Dec 4 2005, 17:44
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Fingers crossed nothing comes of it, that would really be a big problem! VLC is my main movie player on both my Linux, and Windows boxes!


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post Dec 4 2005, 19:52
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QUOTE (kritip @ Dec 4 2005, 11:44 AM)
Fingers crossed nothing comes of it, that would really be a big problem! VLC is my main movie player on both my Linux, and Windows boxes!


Kristian
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DeCSS, DVDDecryptor, now VideoLAN!
Can't they just remove the code? It's not illegal to play UNencrypted DVD, afaik.

The ultimate solution, is for someone to run the sourceforge project's system on the anonymous proxy network, Tor:
http://tor.eff.org/

Sourceforge for Win32 systems:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sfsetup

the project's homepage:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/alexandria/
sourceforge source code:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/alexandria-dev/
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