+R. Scott Kimsey
as far as I am aware there should be nothing that would stop somebody from loading VLC. The question is the legal
distribution of the proprietary and... protected
... codecs that much of the commercially sold media is encoded in.
However, the legal precedent has been set in most countries that such access to such licensed technology is generally granted if you already have paid for the licensed technology. In theory because I've already paid for a Playstation 3 I have already paid the license for DVD, Blu-Ray, Obscure Media Format Here, playback capability. I am not legally obligated to pay for that license again. We actually used this during Mepis development where the inclusion of the freely available, but proprietary, /Linux RealPlayer gave us the legal ability to ship mp3 and other media codecs within the Mepis distribution.
Now, is this something that is actually going to stand up in court with the legal benthopelagic's employed by the RIAA, MPAA, and IFPI? Personally, I'd rather not be the person to find out.