Microsoft Looses MP3 Lawsuit

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Microsoft Looses MP3 Lawsuit

Postby jml » 2007-02-24 02:39

Just read this today at Cnet.

http://news.com.com/FAQ+Behind+Microsof ... =nefd.lede

Microsoft just lost a law suit to Alcatel-Lucent for patent infringement of MP3 technology! The judgement was $1.5 Billion, (that's billion with a B.) I wonder if all those other companies selling MP3 players will now look at Ogg format.

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Postby Pobega » 2007-02-24 02:44

$1.5 Billion? I wonder just how hard that is going to hit the company, especially considering the flop of Vista.
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Postby DeanLinkous » 2007-02-24 02:58

license-agreements, partnerships and so forth..... I doubt much of that money will truly change hands. They just "won" a partner which is probably what they were after in the first place.

proprietary-games....

They should have a SIM or a TYCOON game simply called Proprietary and it is all about patents, lawsuits, contracts, agreements, and do forth....wouldn't even need people in it since they are just the poor suckers anyway.
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Re: Microsoft Looses MP3 Lawsuit

Postby synux » 2007-02-24 11:19

jml wrote:Just read this today at Cnet.

http://news.com.com/FAQ+Behind+Microsof ... =nefd.lede

Microsoft just lost a law suit to Alcatel-Lucent for patent infringement of MP3 technology! The judgement was $1.5 Billion, (that's billion with a B.) I wonder if all those other companies selling MP3 players will now look at Ogg format.

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Postby AgenT » 2007-02-24 18:21

The joys of non-freedom software. Sad really, but at least they went after the biggest proponent of non-freedom software. For anyone who has not yet read it, the Open Letter to Hobbyists is a classic (written in 1976 by Bill Gates). Very appropriate to this discussion and it even shows the real name of Mr. Gates (it is not just "Bill Gates").
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Postby michael7 » 2007-02-25 00:10

"MP3 Patent Verdict Harmless To Music Fans -- For Now"

"[S]ome experts suggested that the fear of litigation and increased royalties could force companies to adopt other formats for audio files, including open-source technology."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 01847.html
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Postby begatelles » 2007-02-26 05:22

AgenT wrote:For anyone who has not yet read it, the Open Letter to Hobbyists is a classic (written in 1976 by Bill Gates).


damn. that letter's pretty scary. he sure did make some money out of his idiotic crap sucking philosophies.

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Postby synux » 2007-02-26 07:27

begatelles wrote:I need to get me an open source project to work on!!!
How about helping with the development of the Linux kernel or Debian? You could also start learning some programming languages and make your own open-source software :roll: :wink:
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Postby begatelles » 2007-02-26 08:49

synux wrote:How about helping with the development of the Linux kernel or Debian? You could also start learning some programming languages and make your own open-source software :roll: :wink:


haha. I definitely enjoy reading about the kernel and I like Debian quite a lot. In the long run I definitely will get involved with something. We'll see. There are so many beautiful things to learn and it would definitely be a pleasure. :)
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