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Re: mplayer, the time has come

On Friday 25 February 2005 08:52 pm, Raul Miller wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 24, 2005 at 08:52:12PM -0800, Sean Kellogg wrote:
> > Can this list PLEASE stop the belief that ducking your head in the
> > sand in regard to patent violations saves you from increased liability?
> What would that achieve?
> I don't think that we ignore patents because we believe that in doing so
> we will encounter some liability but less than if we paid more attention
> to them.  Some people might have expressed such opinions, but they really
> don't make sense.

I completely agree with you!  From a PR perspective, political perspective, 
"what's best for Debian" perspective, I think that ignoring patents makes 
complete and total sense.  I consider it a kind of civil disobedience and 
serves to point out just how stupid the system has become.  Cheers to that!

My point, and I will post an e-mail with the response from my Prof. along with 
some outside research I did in my patents case book to back up this point, is 
that the clam that we should ignore patents for a LEGAL reason is bogus.  
Simply doesn't pan out, and I believe there is a solid argument to be made 
that intentionally ignoring patents serves to increase liability.


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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