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Re: mplayer, the time has come

On Thursday 24 February 2005 09:08 pm, Glenn Maynard wrote:
> (At least this particular case has a reasonably descriptive filename--I'm
> probably not going to accidentally read a file named "patents.txt".  Too
> often, people start talking about patent specifics in the middle of an
> email ...)
> > Further more, we would have a hell of a time proving that we aren't aware
> > of the patent...  we know about it, anyone on this list, the DPL, we all
> > know about the patents.  The more operative question is if we found the
> I don't even know which patents are under discussion, and I certainly don't
> know their scope; all I know is it's something related to DVD decoding.
> --
> Glenn Maynard

Doesn't sound like a particularilly compelling defense to me should you ever 
be sued for patent infringment...  "No your honor, I wasn't aware of the 
specific patent number, only extensive media coverage, e-mail discussions, 
and filed name patents.txt.gz."

The treble damage penalty is not mandatory and is aimed at big corporations 
using patents of other big corporations.  As an equitable doctrine, us little 
guys in the shadows (even companies owned by us little guys in the shadows) 
are not going to face the wrath of trebble damages.

And like I said...  patent infringment must be willful.  More than 50% of 
patents get overturned when they go to court, so unless the patent in 
question has already been held up in court (which the ones in that file have 
not, if you read the file), its more likely than not that you weren't even 
violating it, much less willfully :)


Sean Kellogg
2nd Year - University of Washington School of Law
GPSS Senator - Student Bar Association
Editor-at-Large - National ACS Blog [http://www.acsblog.org]
c: 206.498.8207    e: skellogg@u.washington.edu

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