Google Takes Down CoreAVC-for-Linux Project

Lora Bentley

In response to a formal take down notice issued by CoreCodec on April 30 under the Digital Millineum Copyright Act, Google has removed the CoreAVC-for-Linux project from its Google Code Web pages. blogger Stephen Shankland reports:

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.

According to the take down notice, the Google Code page for CoreAVC-for-Linux links to CoreAVC software, which violates CoreCodec's copyright. In order to take advantage of the DMCA's safe harbor provisions, Google must comply with take down requests made in good faith.

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