[linux-elitists] MP3 patents
M. Drew Streib
Sun Sep 2 11:33:58 PDT 2001
On Sun, Sep 02, 2001 at 11:25:50AM -0700, Seth David Schoen wrote:
> > Free player don't need a license, to my knowledge, or rather, they are
> > granted a free license.
I'd appreciate a link to this license grant. One does not need to show
a pattern of enforcement in patents, unlike copyright or trademark
infringements, so an implied license or lack of enforcement up to this
point probably doesn't do us much good.
> > Most people don't seem to bother, and it's generally thought that their
> > decoding patents are much less enforceable than their encoding ones.
My understanding is quite different. This is particularly relevant if
you would be the named defendant in such a case.
> OK, I'm going to include an MP3 player in the LNX-BBC downloadable
> packages, then, but I'm going to have a README which flames software
> patents and promotes Ogg.
> Speak now or forever hold your peace!
I wonder about the need for such a thing on an admin disk. I wouldn't go
around picking fights if you included this, but would express a strong
preference to not have it on the disk.
Damn, I'm not used to finding myself on the left side of a free software
argument on linux-elitists.
M. Drew Streib <email@example.com> | http://dtype.org/
FSG <firstname.lastname@example.org> | Linux International <email@example.com>
freedb <firstname.lastname@example.org> | SourceForge <email@example.com>
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