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mp3 patent fines and ogg

From: Wolfgang S. Rupprecht
Subject: mp3 patent fines and ogg
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 11:20:58 -0800
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Microsoft just got fined 1.5e9 dollars (yes, 1.5 billion with a "b")
for patent violations with respect to playing mp3's under ms-windows.,,2019691,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=1

My question is, how will this effect free/open formats like
ogg-vorbis?  Is the patent broad enough to effect vorbis?  Or
alternately will it make vorbis more attractive in the eyes of the
"mp3 player" manufacturers?  These are interesting times...

Wolfgang S. Rupprecht      

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