[linux-elitists] Microsoft licensing FAT?

Seth David Schoen schoen@loyalty.org
Thu Dec 4 00:47:41 PST 2003


  Two technologies in particular were highlighted for licensing
  yesterday: the File Allocation Table (FAT) file system and the
  ClearType readability software.

  Operating systems use FAT to track information about computer files,
  such as their location, and to reassemble the files for viewing. It
  has become widely used to exchange media between computer and digital
  devices, and could be of interest to digital camera or camcorder
  companies, for example. The license is priced at 25 cents per unit
  with a $250,000 cap on total royalties per manufacturer.

  Some companies might just write Microsoft a $250,000 check instead of
  keeping track of the per-unit royalties, Kaefer said. 

Seth David Schoen <schoen@loyalty.org> | Very frankly, I am opposed to people
     http://www.loyalty.org/~schoen/   | being programmed by others.
     http://vitanuova.loyalty.org/     |     -- Fred Rogers (1928-2003),
                                       |        464 U.S. 417, 445 (1984)

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