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Re: mplayer, the time has come

On Thu, Feb 24, 2005 at 09:55:19PM -0800, Sean Kellogg wrote:
> 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."

Being aware that there exist methods of decoding a DVD which infringe
patents does not mean that they infringe the method you are using to
decode a DVD (anything that you cannot avoid infringing must also be
invalid, because it's obvious; any action that you are forced to take
has to be obvious).

> The treble damage penalty is not mandatory and is aimed at big corporations 
> using patents of other big corporations.

That's always a joke. These things are meaningless to big
corporations; patent penalties are just a slap on the wrist to
them. Their only significant application is when big corporations with
big mobs of lawyers go after little guys.

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