that's not how I read the article on news.com.
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
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.