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Re: [Fsfe-uk] BBC's DRM Iplayer windows only

From: Rob Myers
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] BBC's DRM Iplayer windows only
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 18:06:05 +0100
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Alex Hudson wrote:
On Sat, 2007-09-08 at 17:54 +0100, Rob Myers wrote:
I think there's actually three things at play here:

     1. whether or not the player is free software;
     2. whether or not the video codecs are free software;
     3. whether or not the BBC use DRM.

At the moment, 1, 2, & 3 are all 'not'. 1 is pretty trivial imho, and
not really worth worrying about.
1 would obviate 2 and 3...

In what way? Modern player software has virtually nothing to do with the
actual data consumed. Likewise, if the data has a free codec, who cares
if the BBC player is proprietary, since it's then easily replaceable.

Yes you're right. I misunderstood the relationship between the freedom of the codec and the freedom of the player wrapper. I was reading "player" as "entire stack" rather than just "front end". My apologies.

- Rob.

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