[linux-audio-dev] Re: Patents on some Linux OS code
artm at v2.nl
Thu Dec 9 02:43:06 EST 2004
Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com> writes:
>>They think that if there is no "producer" backing the product then they can
>>attack the user as the guilty of the patent infraction, and I think that we
>>will see more threats and trials because of that. This is something that is
>>happening, not only my thoughs.
> it is *not* happening. its as simple as that. court cases based on s/w
> patents are very, very, very hard to find, for reasons i outlined
> so-called "intellectual property" cases are happening, but these are
> entirely different in that they are based on copyright and trademark
> and trade secret laws, which do not look anything like patent law.
when I installed fedora core 2 there was no way to play, let alone
encode mp3 audio. i thought that was because mp3 is patented and free
implementations can't exist in US. would fedora.us have been sued if
they provided lame and mpg123 in the distribution?
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