The best place to find out information on the various aspects of our licensing is to email
As for the issues you're raising, agreed it can be tricky as to how to get the proper codecs out to users
who do not have Internet access. Fortunately, there's a codec installer within the WM Resource Kit,
which is a free download at
Please, though, check the EULA before you place these files on your CD, as I believe the licensing
a technical question and more a legal question.
Subject: publishing encoded video questions
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 08:08:09 -0800
well, the media encoder is a wonderfull tool to encode
video, but how the hell do our customers get to see the
videos (we post the demanded vid`z on cds, we do not
stream) ? most of our customers are behind firewalls (cant
d-load codec) or even dont have i-net access. Some have
older media players (no wmf formats) and are not allowed
to install aditional software from the i-net.
is it legal do distribute our video cd with all the media
player versions on it, so that our customers may install
the player? is there a possibility to distributer only the
codecs? is that legal?
if somebody from microsoft reads this: the information on
this subject is very, very poor. you definetly need to
increase the information on this subject.
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