[vlc-devel] [WIP PATCH 0/4] Access module torrent/magnet

Ross Finlayson finlayson at live555.com
Fri Jan 30 07:00:39 CET 2015

> I don´t think the benefits of this outweigh the bad press and the cost of carry
> a hot potato. This is very likely to get VLC banned in many places, and as a
> developer I would rather not have my name associated a tool that sports such
> feature.
> Well that's one point of view. I personally think that it's a great feature to add.
> I don't see why VLC would get banned for the implementation of a new protocol.

I agree.  There are many legal uses for the Bittorrent protocol, and the ability to play torrented video files as they’re being downloaded (rather than having to wait for the entire file to be downloaded) would be extremely useful.

VLC already chooses to ignore other bogus lawyer-imposed ‘friction’ - such as software patents (in some countries), and DRM/region codes on DVDs and Blu-Rays.  This would be yet another example.  (In any case, is the Bittorrent protocol really legally banned anywhere?)


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