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Re: MPlayer DFSG compatibility status

[Billy: Sorry, meant for this to go to the list.]

On Tue, 07 Oct 2003, Billy Biggs wrote:
> Don Armstrong (don@donarmstrong.com):
>> Well, it is actually illegal, [...]
> It would be really nice to have references for those of us who
> haven't taken an IP law course.  I don't think this one is obvious.

Sure. It's USC Title 35 Section 271(a):

  (a) Except as otherwise provided in this title, whoever without
      authority makes, uses, offers to sell, or sells any patented
      invention, within the United States or imports into the United
      States any patented invention during the term of the patent
      therefor, infringes the patent.[1]

Now, 287(a)[2] limits the damages that can be assessed against an
un-notified infringer, but doesn't change the illegality of the

If you want to go much farther than that, you'll need to find an IP
lawyer or someone who knows alot more about it than I do and
prosecutes/defends these things on a daily basis.

Don Armstrong
1: http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/35/271.html
2: http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/35/287.html
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a ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien a retrancher.
(Perfection is apparently not achieved when nothing more can be added,
but when nothing else can be removed.)
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupe'ry, Terres des Hommes


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