Rosen Penev rosenp at gmail.com
Sun Aug 2 17:03:12 EDT 2020

Recently there's been a pull request to get patented functionality in
the packages feed: https://github.com/openwrt/packages/pull/12992

Which pointed me to this lovely description: https://www.videolan.org/legal.html

Two excerpts:

In the USA, you should check out the US Copyright Office decision that
allows circumvention in some cases.
VideoLAN is NOT a US-based organization and is therefore outside US

Neither French law nor European conventions recognize software as
patentable (see French section below).
Therefore, software patents licenses do not apply on VideoLAN software.

The commit that disabled patented packages is:

This caused controversy regarding ffmpeg at the time since it meant
that minidlna would be unavailable.

Which brings me to my question. How should BUILD_PATENTED be treated?
OpenWrt as far as I know is not US based.

Whenever discussion about patents arise, I usually point to Fedora
whose parent company is Red Hat, which is based in the US. There are
many things that they do not distribute that OpenWrt does for legal
reasons. Should Fedora's practices be mirrored or should a more
liberal policy regarding patented functionality be taken?

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