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Re: [opensuse] Microsoft ordered to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.5 bln in patent case - MarketWatch
  • From: Russell Jones <russell.jones@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 17:05:18 +0000
  • Message-id: <45F82B4E.4030704@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
David Brodbeck wrote:
Russell Jones wrote:
You misunderstand. If Vorbis v1.3 (say) infringes a (submarine or
otherwise) patent, the next version, e.g. v2.0, will be changed such
that it does not. You just won't be able to play v1.3 files on a v2.0
player.
That seems like a serious disincentive to designing hardware around the
format, though.  People are going to be unhappy if they spend $300 a new
Yoyodyne Oggmaster music player and it doesn't play their old Ogg
files.  Or if the music player they bought a year ago suddenly can't
play new music.  I'd hate to be the tech support person who had to
explain that one.
Quite correct. And a converter could not be provided without a license from the patent holder. It would be highly damaging, but not the end of Ogg/Vorbis per se.
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