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[Gnash-dev] Re: Problem with Adobe's license restriction

From: Rob Savoye
Subject: [Gnash-dev] Re: Problem with Adobe's license restriction
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2008 09:53:18 -0700
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Michael Hrabanek wrote:
> I've just watched an about one year old interview with Rob Savoye and
> he mentioned that potential developer who want to help with gnash
> project is not allowed to contribute if he ever used the adobe flash
> plugin. Well, I believe this it's no true for developers from Europe,
> right? So is it possible for you to accept patches from non-US
> developers? Can somebody enlightenment this issue please?

  Actually it's we can't accept contributions from anyone in the US that
has *agreed* to the flash plugin EULA. In the EU, the license clause is
illegal and therefor unenforceable. In the US, the clause is considered
potentially unenforceable, but there is equal potential to get totally

  Many people wind up with working flash plugins that are pre installed
(like on a smartphone), but they never agreed to an explicit license.
This is much fuzzier as to the legality of using a pre installed plugin,
but once again, unless you are in the US, it's not a problem.

        - rob -

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