VLC Patent Issues?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by 7on, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Make sure you save a copy now. This is too good of a player to loose.
  3. Macaddicttt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    That's a real shame. It's a great program. If you haven't downloaded it yet, download it now. It's a really, really good program and this might be your last chance. If you don't download it now and it goes away forever, you'll be kicking yourself later.
  4. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    Crap. I better go make sure I have an updated version, then burn it to CD and store it in a fire-proof safe. :p
  5. Soulstorm macrumors 68000


    Feb 1, 2005
    I will just burn it on a cd... No money for a fireproof safe. :D

    Anyway, I hate this when it happens. A good program comes out that really helps a lot of people and is very handy, then some guys in a lawsuit decide it's time to make it illegal.

    EDIT: Please read again the link provided by the author of this thread. I don't think you realize how big the problem is. Not only VLC is threatened, but also ffmpeg and other libraries which VLC is built upon. This means that great applications such as ffmpegx will soon be ceased to be supported.

    If this happens, the software patent-supporters will surely not stop there...
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i almost forgot that i didnt have it because i forgot to re-download it last time i did a system restore, well needless to say i just downloaded a new copy, i dont want to lose this awesome piece of software!
  7. brap macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2004
    Heh. Before this tidbit, I was still blissfully using version 0.6.3 :eek:

    Sigh. Time to back up some more installers, methinks...
  8. diavolo macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Canton, Ohio
    Well, this sucks. VLC is my default player on Mac, Linux and Windows.

    If VLC goes away, I don't know what I'll replace it with...
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    just curious, but does the current VLC player work okay with Tiger? would hate for it to be shut down and the current version not play well with Tiger, thus being forced out of it, or well hopefully if it doesnt work there will be an update before it goes bye bye....if it goes bye bye
  10. SteveC macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2003
    You don't need to replace it if you keep it. :p Silly. ;) Just download the latest installer and KEEP it.
  11. diavolo macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Canton, Ohio
    *smacks head* I guess I could do that...

    I wonder if VLC would still be developed by "rogue" programmers if it were get squashed.
  12. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    They are all great applications but the thing is, if they are patent offending then they'll have to be stopped. Without patents how can people protect their investments. Think of it this way: How p*ssed off would you be if Microsoft brought out an OS which used components of the Mac OS? Just because we are not familiar with the companies these programs are ripping off, doesn't mean it's right.
  13. therevolution macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2003
  14. d.perel macrumors regular


    Feb 3, 2005
  15. tpjunkie macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Uh, maybe you might want to specify CODE here instead of "components" :p

    On a more serious note, this EU patent bull needs to be stopped.
  16. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

    Apple Hobo

    Mar 19, 2004
    A series of tubes
    How can they stop the source from being distributed and worked on by, as someone above mentioned, rogue programmers?
  17. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    Its a video player. For Divx and other types of media. A lot of people use it since Quicktime doesn't support Divx, at lease not very well.
  18. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    by law suits against those programmers. You might think the internet is anonymous, but it isn't, you IP gets logged places and you can be found.
  19. muire macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2004
    Excuse me for my lack of legal knowledge, but if there is such a problem with VLC in the EU, why not rename it and release it somewhere else? Surely EU laws don't apply in Cochabamba, Bolivia? ;)
  20. jared_kipe macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003
    Except on DP G5s, mine doesn't play sound right practically ever. It won't play dvds or anything with that type of audio. (ac3) On my old powerbook and ibook files and dvds played fine on them.
  21. scotty321 macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Many of you guys who are posting are totally selfish. The only thing you're concerned about is making sure that you have the latest version of this software downloaded?? Did you even visit the website? MUCH MORE is at stake here than whether or not you will have your latest-downloaded version of the software (which wouldn't do you any good anyways, when new video formats come out in the future). A whole generation of video products are at stake here, the freedom & future of many players and projects are threatened here... AND there's something you can do to help prevent it from happening. Please help the fight.
  22. LaMerVipere macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2004
    This sucks.

    I love VLC. It plays files Quicktime just can't (or won't), and I can take screenshots while playing DVDs! :mad:
  23. mac15 macrumors 68040

    Dec 29, 2001
    Sure does, works fine for me. :)
  24. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    aw thats a shame, i really like VLC. just a pity it takes a while to turn on the video window sometimes.

    tis a dark day for small-time movie players
  25. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    good to know, and as one poster mentioned above, yes this does suck, and if i knew a way to help i would, have any info on how people like use can help out with this situation?

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