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   $title = "VideoLAN - And the issue of software patents";
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<h1> The end draws near...</h1>

	VideoLAN is seriously threatened by software patents due to the 
	numerous patented techniques it implements and uses. Also threatened
	are the <a href="/links.html">many libraries and projects<a/> which 
	VLC is built upon, like <a href="">
	FFmpeg</a>, and the other fellow Free And Open Source software
	multimedia players, which include
	<a href="">MPlayer</a>,
	<a href="">xine</a>,
	<a href="">Freevo</a>,
	<a href="">MythTV</a>,
	<a href="">gstreamer</a>.

	Multimedia is a patent minefield. All important techniques and formats
	are covered by broad and trivial patents that are harming progress and
	alternative implementations, such as free software multimedia players.

	The European commission has just passed its directive on software
	patents, violating democratic rules and procedures to the sole
	benefit of big non-European corporation and Ireland and to the
	detriment of small and medium sized businesses (which comprise 99%
	of the European software industry) and free software.

	The European parliament will now be taking the last stand against
	software patents in a voting for which an absolute majority is
	needed. Such a majority is hard to come by in a parliament with a
	low attendance level.

	But not all is lost yet as long as <strong>you</strong> decide it is
	time to make a difference and take action. This is our last opportunity
	to fend off software patents worldwide, there will be no second chance
	for the foreseeable future.

	<a href="">Signing petitions</a> will not
	suffice. Contact your local EU representatives and educate them why
	<a href="">software patents are a bad idea in the first place</a>
	and why they <strong>must</strong> attend that parliament session to
	vote against them. Make it clear that they need to stop the
	<a href="">machinations of the EU council</a>
	and reaffirm the power of the EU parliament, the only democratically
	elected EU institution.
	For in-depth information and starting points to get active visit the
	<a href="">software patent page of the FFII
	(Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure)</a> and
	<a href=""></a>.

	Wish us luck, we will need it.

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