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Re: Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation of the GPL

On Mon, Dec 06, 1999 at 01:09:45AM -0500, Jeff Teunissen wrote:
> An example case would be the patent on the MP3 compression algorithm. If
> there is only one way to create an MP3 stream, then there's no way around
> it. If, however, there is another way to create an "MP3" that does not
> use the patented algorithm (not even an obfuscated or modified version of
> it), then you have found a legal way around it through
> reverse-engineering.

This is completely different.  Up to this paragraph you were talking
about copyrights.  The example you mention is about patents.  You
can't "reverse engineer" patents -- the description of the patented
process is available to the public.  (Well, it should be.  The NSA
can get secret patents.)

Richard Braakman

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