[Novalug] (political) Please sign this Petition
itismike at gmail.com
Wed Jan 3 01:39:23 EST 2007
On Wed, 2007-01-03 at 01:22 -0500, Matt Good wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-01-02 at 23:51 -0600, Petition Spot wrote:
> > Hi
> > You have received an invitation from itismike at gmail.com to support the
> > following petition
> > http://petitionspot.com/petitions/eu_streaming_service_for_everybody .
> > Petition Statement: The "Streaming Service of the Council of the
> > European Union" should be available for everybody and not only for Mac
> > and MS Windows users. Change the service in that way, that also
> > linux/bsd/.. user can use it. One Solution would be to use the free
> > theora codec for the videos.
> > It is for a good cause, so please take the time to visit the petition
> > and support it by signing it.
> Hrm, it plays just fine in Epiphany via the Mplayer plug-in. The WMV3
> codec used by Windows Media Player 9 and up is published as the VC-1
> standard. They had to publish a full spec for it to be accepted as a
> standard codec for the HD-DVD spec. FFmpeg contains a VC-1 decoder that
> works quite nicely. MPlayer 1.0 plays VC-1 streams, and I believe newer
> versions of GStreamer support it, though it's not currently working for
> me in Totem/GStreamer.
> VC-1 is covered by patents, but so is MPEG-4 and some of the other
> formats users have suggested. Theora is probably the most free option,
> though it's unlikely Windows or Mac users will have this installed, and
> the EU is not likely to want to deal with questions regarding installing
> The FAQ on the EU's site says:
> On which platforms can I view the live streaming media service of the
> Council of the European Union?
> The live streaming media service of the Council of the European Union
> can be viewed on Microsoft Windows and Macintosh platforms. We cannot
> support Linux in a legal way. So the answer is: No support for Linux
> This seems like a kind of harsh response. Of course if the EU had ruled
> against software patents like many people had hoped there would be no
> legal barriers against Linux users playing the videos (in the EU
> -- Matt Good
I found the above on Slashdot:
and thought it could use some backing. Figured that people on this list
may have an interest in it.
It disturbs me to find people in positions of authority making decisions
like this, seemingly without the slightest comprehension of proprietary
formats, licensing, monopolies, and choice (open source software). Just
because something is the most popular or works the best doesn't
necessarily translate directly to it being the best choice for a
democratic government to endorse.
Another disturbing example:
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