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Google shut downs linux video player after DMCA complaint

It looks that not only owners of torrent sites face with DMCA complaints. When it comes to money, there’s no real friend, not even Google: In response to a copyright complaint, Google has taken down an open-source project called CoreAVC-for-Linux it had hosted on its Web site. Google didn’t share details, but said on the project site that it removed CoreAVC-for-Linux from its Google Code site after receiving a complaint under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). CoreAVC itself is proprietary software for Windows supplied by a company called CoreCodec. The software can play video encoded with the H.264 standard.

According to a cached version of the Google Code page, CoreAVC-for-Linux provides patches to open-source media player software such as MPlayer or MythTV that enable them to use the CoreAVC software on Linux. In other words, it’s for programs that connect to the CoreAVC software but doesn’t actually include CoreAVC itself. It’s not yet clear who filed the DMCA complaint. The DMCA’s Safe Harbor provision protects a Web site from liability for users’ actions as long as the site’s operator–in this case Google–fulfills requirements such as removing infringing material once notified by rights holders. CoreCodec appears to be a company that’s got some involvement with the opens-source programming philosophy. According to the CoreCodec Web site, “Our philosophy is to (use) open source when appropriate, and when we do choose to close source a product, we strive to open as much of it as possible for third-party access.”

Source: Cnet


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  1. MovieFan
    May 5th, 2008 | 12:22

    Haha, I saw a comment here then it disappeared :-) . I guess it was one of those “first” comments.
    Anyway, the DMCA is getting really nasty now. Going after open source programs that can play h.264? I guess it’s because they know people would rather download a hi-def movie in h.264 format rather than pay for overpriced blu ray players.

  2. *************SEBASTO***************
    May 5th, 2008 | 12:34

    just wot i wanted to say….

    …blu ray….. piece of the PAST!!!!

  3. Ksawery 11 :)
    May 5th, 2008 | 13:07

    fuc|< DMCA!!!!

  4. Ksawery 11 :)
    May 5th, 2008 | 13:07

    h.264 FTW!!

  5. Sy
    May 5th, 2008 | 13:20

    “Update…. The DMCA removal request and the project reinstatement was been sent to Google. I’d like to publically apologize to Alan for the disconnect between him and us as well as the disruption to the project as there was no ill will intended and we were already working on a resolution with him before this went public.”


  6. grammarqueen
    May 5th, 2008 | 13:36

    a) shuts down x
    b) downs shut
    c) down shuts
    d) shut downs

  7. Howl4Me
    May 5th, 2008 | 13:37

    F*uck the MPAA! The last thing the studios want is an open source media player capable of playing BluRay discs. This project would make that a possibility. Even though the CoreAVC component would have nothing to do with decrypting a disc. CoreAVC is a H.264/AVC video decoder.

  8. feedbacker
    May 5th, 2008 | 14:11

    good one less crappy codec;

    its time for open source everything

  9. djfayt
    May 5th, 2008 | 14:58

    @9: because RS removes stuff when it knows its illegal or gets a complaint.. At least that’s what I assume the dead links are from.

    My guess is that COREAVC thought that this project(teh open source) was reverse engineering their codec in order to work on a different platform. I think what the project is doing is simply making their existing product compatible with Linux. If the latter is the case I bet we will see COREAVC back-pedal like crazy and maybe even issue an apology since if the project was doing this then they would just HIRE those people to create a CoreAVC linux product.

    Either way its shady for a software company to use the umbrella of the DMCA to stifle innovation. If this project was illegal I don’t think they would of hosted it publicly.

  10. Ciaran
    May 5th, 2008 | 15:33

    Quote from CoreAVC Staff on their forums:

    “relaxed… if you have been around here more you will know that we plan on releasing CoreAVC for Linux… and in fact its been done for over two years now. We are just waiting for the right time to release it…. same goes for CorePlayer on Linux its been done for a while now, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se_EY1RTO1c

    So basically they have had the linux player code for more than 2 years and never bothered to release it. This must make the guys at coreavc-for-linux feel really good about the fact that all the time and effort they put into their project was unnecessary to begin with. Guess the CoreAVC team just enjoys jerking the linux community around for their own amusement.

  11. Jkr
    May 5th, 2008 | 15:36

    Not opensource = useless.

  12. NewzLeech
    May 5th, 2008 | 15:58


  13. Hdsgbfre
    May 5th, 2008 | 15:58

    CoreAVC are right that a bunch of losers in the bender lunux community think they can steal whatever they want because they are too tight to pay for ANYTHING. All Linux lovers should move to North Korea, open source utopia, you won’t have to pay for anything there.. Typical like the millions of english st george cowards.

  14. Steeve
    May 5th, 2008 | 18:10

    @ @cid

    True True !!

  15. budd
    May 5th, 2008 | 18:13

    piratebay should setup new open source site replace source-forge, & Google-code other such sites bunch of wusses :/
    another DMCA abuse, people payed for the codec, now they not happy someone made open source code, because Linux is all about openness >.> and force users into crappy closed binary program and have to wait til they get fix it VS group community to solve/ & fix it

  16. John Doe
    May 5th, 2008 | 21:46

    This is the reason why i refuse to buy anything too proprietary. At least not too restrictive be it a hardware or a software.

  17. Leonardo
    May 5th, 2008 | 22:56

    just use a real OS not linux.

  18. Ruff McGruff
    May 5th, 2008 | 23:13

    @19 yea, a real one … ur one smart guy /sarcasm

    but seriously, i wonder who filed the complaint

  19. Emopig
    May 5th, 2008 | 23:14

    Why would you bother with “CoreAVC for Linux” when there are Free, GPL’d MPEG-4 Part 10 (H.264) codecs (both decoders and decoders) out there already on open source platforms, including Linux?

    x264, ftw!

  20. dagger
    May 5th, 2008 | 23:40


    Exactly, ffdshow/ffmepg has been around for ages. It’s also far more efficient at coding/decoding x264, hogging less cpu resources. Why do we need another decoder that does the same thing, but is backward engineered from inferior software?

  21. Unfocused
    May 6th, 2008 | 03:21

    “Google shut downs linux video player after DMCA complaint”.

    Eh? CoreAVC isn’t a video player. Its a video codec. Big difference.

    And to those saying the world doesn’t need it, because there are alternatives – that’s true. But CoreAVC is the fastest software-based h264 decoder out there.

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