Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on March 10, 2007 03:40 AM
All of those countries listed allow copyright restrictions, binding contracts (EULA), and more. It's not just software patents that restrict the distribution of the codecs.
I can't think of ANY country that doesn't honor copyrights. The codecs are restricted by the license of the copyright holders!
You'd complain if someone in Ukraine(no offence, just an example) took Linux and failed to honor the copyright holder's license, the GPL. Why is it so difficult for you to see that the same holds true for Apple's license of Quicktime? Most countries acknowledge Apples right, as the copyright holder, to control and restrict the use/distribution of their software and codecs.