Re: [linux-audio-user] Vsound is no more

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Vsound is no more
From: iriXx (
Date: Wed Nov 06 2002 - 15:07:03 EET

great! so far there are at least three mirrors then, as far as i know...
peter clay and i believe julian midgely are the others...
we've successfully established through debate on the campaign for
digital rights mailing list that vsound is *not* a circumvention device
under s296 of the UK copyright act... because it cannot be established
that Real Audio streams are a form of 'copyright protection' - imho its
a convenience measure for saving bandwidth... but ianal and ymmv (to
cram as many acronyms into one sentence)....
i hope this might bring some more hope for vsound development... but int
the meantime we'll continue our mirrors....

Joern - what is the current legal situation in Germany at the moment
with regard to circumvention devices / copyright law?... i gather the
German EUCD will be a lot more lenient than the UK version...

feel free to take this off-list if its a wee bit OT....


Joern Nettingsmeier wrote:
> i'd like to mirror it.
> all i have is a very-low-bandwidth site at (only
> 128kb/s upstream), but at least it's there.
> erik, as the author, which place would you recommend for maximum
> download enjoyment and quality of bits ? :)
> regards,
> jörn
> Erik de Castro Lopo wrote:
>>Hi all,
>>It is with regret that I have to inform you that I will not longer be
>>maintaining Vsound.
>>>From the web page ( )
>> October 27th, 2002
>> Although I have maintained vsound for nearly three years, I can no
>> longer do so, nor can I continue to make it available from this web
>> site.
>> I live in Australia which has a law (Digital Agenda Bill 2000) which
>> is similar to the DCMA in the US in that it makes the distribution
>> of a devices for circumventing copyright protection illegal. I have
>> neither the time, money or inclination to make myself a possible
>> target for such legal action by companies with endless legal and
>> financial resources.
>> However, vsound is probaly available from other web sites. If you
>> want a copy, you should search the web. Do not email me as I cannot
>> and will not provide you with a copy.
>>I will however continue working on other Linux audio software such as
>>libsndfile and Secret Rabbit Code.
>> Erik de Castro Lopo (Yes it's valid)
>>The Earth is around 70% water. Fish rule the seas.
>>Humans are over 90% water. It's only a matter of time.


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