Re: MP3 decoder packaged with XMMS
Jack Moffitt <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
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> Before we released Ogg Vorbis beta 1, we did indeed hire a patent
> specializing attorney to go over the MP3 suite of patents. He only
> thought it necessary to issue a formal opinion on a single one of these
> patents. We were advised by him, and other attorney's, that the
> specifics of this opinion could not be divulged publically. Since that
> time (around 2000,2001 I believe), I believe several companies have also
> had lawyers look over this issue.
Thanks for this very informative statement.
Two questions spring to mind, one MP3-technical and one patent-technical:
1. which patent was the one worth issuing an opinion on?
2. why was the opinion not to be divulged publically?
Clearly, the specific patent is a matter of interest for those
developing in this area so they can effectively get advice.
The other question is "what kind of useful advice cannot be propagated,
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