Flash Player 9 on OpenMoko?

Christian F.K. Schaller christian at fluendo.com
Thu Mar 22 17:06:24 CET 2007

Sure, if you are making this device and only targeting areas where the
patents do not apply then its fine. But FIC for instance I assume will
try to ship their products in US/Canada/Australia and large parts 
of Europe where patents on these things are in effect.

See my reply to Nils for a more elaborate explanation of why I think 
this is the case.


On Thu, 2007-03-22 at 14:34 +0100, Frank de Lange wrote:
> Steven ** wrote:
> > How does the GPL prevent mp3 and flash video support?
> > 
> > -Steven
> > 
> > On 3/22/07, Christian F.K. Schaller <christian at fluendo.com> wrote:
> >> Gnash would probably be of no interest to any shipping a commercial
> >> product as the GPL license of it will conflict with enabling mp3 and
> >> flash video support. swfdec is LGPL though so as long as the mp3 and
> >> flash video support comes from external libraries it will be fine.
> It doesn't. I think Christian mixes up the (anti) software-patent 
> provisions in the GPL (v2 and after) with a total prohibition of 
> implementation of patented material. Even disregarding this there are 
> still many sane regions in the world where mathematical algorithms are 
> not patentable.
> So Gnash and swfdec are both fine candidates for inclusion in a free 
> software driven device as far as I can see.
> Cheers//Frank
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