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Re: mp3 patent fines and ogg

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: mp3 patent fines and ogg
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 21:04:00 +0100 (CET)

   Microsoft just got fined 1.5e9 dollars (yes, 1.5 billion with a
   "b") for patent violations with respect to playing mp3's under


Playing a MP3 does not infringe on the patent.

   My question is, how will this effect free/open formats like

Only possible effect it can have is a positive, people will wake up to
the fact that software patents are completely absurd.

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