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Re: MPlayer revisited

Sean Kellogg <skellogg@u.washington.edu> writes:

> My understanding is that the opposition to software patents has
> engendered a belief that ANY risk is too great.  For political
> reasons, this may be the right course of action.  However, from a
> legal perspective, if I were advising a client I would look at the
> benefits and risks of the issue.  Has a software patent ever been
> enforced against a Linux distriubtion?  If it has, what were the
> results? (I'm guess nothing more that a cease and dissist order).

Not a Linux distribution, but the ECP in France was scared by DTS Inc
into taking libdts/libdca offline.  The threat: an invalid patent,
nonetheless granted by the EPO.

Måns Rullgård

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