[vlc-devel] Re: libdca (was Re: Patent Infrigement)

Rémi Denis-Courmont courmisch at via.ecp.fr
Mon Apr 11 16:30:17 CEST 2005

Le Lundi 11 Avril 2005 14:55, Attila Kinali a écrit :
> We can do that, if and only if, the people from ECP agree that
> there are no legal consequences for them.

As I said, all that matters the official ECP staff is whether they are 
at risk of being sued. They were at risks because libdca was 
distributed to the public from VideoLAN primary server and included in 
the binary releases of VLC, said server being provided Internet 
bandwidth by the ECP. They're not legally liable if libdca is 
distributed somewhere else. libdca was not even authored at the ECP at 

Besides, the ECP can't legally argue to libdca being moved to some other 
place - contrary to the member of the VIA/official VideoLAN project, 
Gildas is in no way bound to the ECP. libdca was first hosted by the 
VideoLAN project because Gildas is one of^W^W the main external (I mean 
non-ECP) contributor to the VideoLAN project. It turned out it could 
not go on that way, and now he said he'd support moving libdca 
somewhere else.

As for the member of the VideoLAN project at the ECP (including me), we 
don't want to put ourselves at risk either. We did stop distribution of 
libdca because we considered it might be legally risky. So we shall not 
be linked with any distribution of libdca for the time being. And in 
the name of us, I warn anyone tempted to continue 
development/usage/distribution on libdca from a country where DTS has 
patent the technology involved that (s)he should refrain from doing so.

In no case shall any of us, nor VIA Centrale Reseaux, nor the Ecole 
Centrale Paris be held liable for what anyone else does with libdca.

Rémi Denis-Courmont
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