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Mozilla Asks To Display Firefox EULA In Ubuntu Linux

A software license agreement is a contract between a producer and a user of computer software which grants the user a software license. Most often, a software license agreement indicates the terms under which an end-user may utilize the licensed software, in which case the agreement is called an end-user license agreement or EULA. EULA is very common under Windows and other oses like Mac OS X.

A free software license grants the right to modify and redistribute the licensed software for any purpose, both of which would ordinarily be forbidden by copyright law. So you get considerably more rights than most EULAs provide. Now Mozilla asked Ubuntu to display EULA first time you launch Firefox. From the bug page:

Mozilla Corp asked that this be added in order for us to continue to call the browser Firefox. Since Firefox is their trademark, which we intend to respect, we have the choice of working with Mozilla to meet their requirements, or switching to an unbranded browser.

I don't see a big deal here. If you don't like EULA in Ubuntu, try Iceweasel - rebranded version of the Mozilla Firefox program.

Google Removed An Open Source Project After DMCA Complaint

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law. Google has removed an open-source project that enables the proprietary CoreAVC high-definition video decoder to run under Linux operating system.

CoreAVC is a Windows codec for H.264 video developed by CoreCodec, which sells the codec in two versions, one priced at US$7.95 and another at $14.95. A Linux version is not available.

CoreAVC-for-Linux was an open-source project led by Google that developed patches which allow Linux applications, such as mplayer, to use the CoreAVC codec. A cached version of the project's Web page said video performance was the main motivation for creating Linux support for CoreAVC.

=> Google Takes Down Open-source Project After DMCA Complaint

Update [ 11:29 pm IST ] : A CoreCodec worker using the screen name BetaBoy told an internal forum last night that "The DMCA removal request and the project reinstatement was been sent to Google."