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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, 07 Mar 2007 12:06:57 +0000
  • Message-id: <45EEAAE1.1010309@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
David Brodbeck wrote:
Russell Jones wrote:
As for whether the OGG formats are patent-encumbered: as I said
before, by definition they are not. They just may not be backward
compatible.


They are not *known* to be patent-encumbered.  It doesn't mean someone
couldn't pop up with a "submarine patent" that happens to cover them. It's unlikely but it does happen. Right now it wouldn't be worthwhile,
though, because no one with deep pockets is supporting Ogg.
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. Depending on what the infringement is, it may be possible to build a converter without loss of quality. That converter may itself infringe patents, however. In practical terms, that would be less of a problem than mp3-like format patents.
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