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Re: mp3 patent fines and ogg

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: mp3 patent fines and ogg
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 22:10:45 +0100
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"Alfred M. Szmidt" <> writes:

>    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.
> s/playing/conversion/
> Playing a MP3 does not infringe on the patent.
>    My question is, how will this effect free/open formats like
>    ogg-vorbis?
> Only possible effect it can have is a positive, people will wake up
> to the fact that software patents are completely absurd.

Also known as Alfred Nobel's great mistake.

"Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your
congresses: on the day that two army corps can mutually annihilate
each other in a second, all civilised nations will surely recoil with
horror and disband their troops."

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