Or maybe, as a more extreme solution, consider moving to a country with less stupid laws.
I’m not sure they’re stupid, necessarily, just inconvenient and sometimes expensive. The real problem would appear to be the predatory behavior of the MPEG association.
Or you can also say that this is fine and that Haiku should pay money to the MPEG association to be allowed to use the patented code, without even being sure if the patents apply at all (the MPEG association makes it very unclear what their patent cover exactly, that’s on purpose, then they can ask people to pay just to be safe even if they don’t actually use any code covered by the patents).
I’m not suggesting that Haiku should pay the MPEG association either.
If the USA has laws that prevent people who live there from using and distributing software, there is not much we can do about it on Haiku side. I think there are several nonprofit organizations trying to change that, and you could support them if you are worried about it.
Since I apparently wasn’t clear enough before:
I am not suggesting that you do anything specifically on the Haiku side. I’m merely saying that it makes no sense to arbitrarily alienate or divide the Haiku community over an issue like this when it comes to releasing official builds/downloads. It’s not exactly a finished, production-ready OS despite large strides made in that direction.