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Microsoft slapped with record-breaking patent verdict!!

by benanzo / February 23, 2007 7:42 AM PST

love it

Microsoft successfully sued for $1.52 billion for violating Alcatel-Lucent's patent on mp3 technology. Apparently everyone thought that Fraunhofer owned the patents on mp3s...apparently not. MS is appealing but if the verdict stands we can expect pretty much every company that ever incorporated mp3 in any way into their products without licensing directly from Alcatel-Lucent will be sued for an equal amount. I wonder where Fraunhofer is these days? probably running off with all their booty.

When will these idiots realize that proprietary formats are evil. MS is by far the most guilty of pushing their prop. crap. I am thrilled that they are now 5% less rich than they were last week.

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is this really true...?
by robstak / February 23, 2007 12:59 PM PST

that's not how I read the article on

I thought mp3 was like jpg...?

Maybe someone can clarify.....

So they just sued MS first, cuz I can think of... um A MILLION Products that use MP3s


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JPG is patented too.
by benanzo / February 23, 2007 2:56 PM PST

MP3, JPG, GIF, AAC, etc. are all patented in the same manner by separate companies. These formats, while ubiquitous in technology, are by no means free and usable without strings. No software developer can write an app that can read or write to any of these formats without paying due license fee to the patent holder. I want everyone who utilizes these formats in a questionably legal way to be sued ASAP as for as much as possible. It is the only way that we will finally either do away with software patents or simply stop embracing those technologies that come with such restrictions. Onward PNG!! Onward OGG!!
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(NT) (nt) I think the gif patent has expired now?
by jedbroadbent / February 24, 2007 3:25 AM PST
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(NT) wow i had no idea. ty. png is better anyway! :P
by robstak / February 26, 2007 5:45 AM PST
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As far as i understand it
by Peter Bonte / February 23, 2007 6:58 PM PST

It has something to do with Dell and HP computers leaving the US for overseas sales, boxes that ship from the US also have to be licensed in the US. A double license because of the MP3 player in Windows.

This doesn't apply to blueprints but is a OEM master CD a blueprint?

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That doesn't make sense.
by fbbbb / February 26, 2007 5:50 AM PST

Computers ship out of China.

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