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Re: Bug#176267: ITP: mplayer -- Mplayer is a full-featured audioand video player for UN*X like systems

On Wed, 29 Jan 2003, Glenn Maynard wrote:
> Is this particularly good advice? 

Heh. It's not really even advice, since IANAL. I just think it's
something that we should be aware of.

> It's my understanding that the best (only) way to minimize patent
> liability short of hiring a lawyer is to avoid knowing anything about
> potentially relevant patents entirely.

AFAIK, ignorance of patents doesen't protect you from being prosecuted
and/or found liable under them, at least in the US. (Unlike the
convergent re-creation of copyrighted works.)

If someone else knows differently and can quote caselaw, please do.

Don Armstrong

She was alot like starbucks.                                    
IE, generic and expensive.                                  
 -- hugh macleod http://www.gapingvoid.com/batch3.htm


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