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Re: mplayer, the time has come

On Fri, Feb 25, 2005 at 06:19:28AM +0100, Lionel Elie Mamane wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 24, 2005 at 08:52:12PM -0800, Sean Kellogg wrote:
> > The more operative question is if we found the specification from
> > the patent file, copied it, and then benefited.  As I doubt very
> > much any Free Software developer has been grepping through the US
> > Patent repository for ideas, this really isn't an issue.
> No, no, no, that's the whole evilness of patents: Even if you got the
> idea independently (and provably so), it is still patent infringement
> to use the idea!

Read the message again.  Sean isn't saying that you can only be sued if you
went through the patent files, but rather that you're unlikely to get done
for triple damages if you just took a look at the numbers of a few patents.

- Matt

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