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Re: [opensuse] Microsoft ordered to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.5 bln in patent case - MarketWatch
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 23:00:40 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.64.0703072259450.20027@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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The Wednesday 2007-03-07 at 11:45 -0800, 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.

You are right, unfortunately.

- -- 
Cheers,
       Carlos E. R.
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