Codec Buddy misleading.

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at
Fri Nov 9 23:50:43 UTC 2007

On Fri, Nov 09, 2007 at 05:36:01PM -0500, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 09, 2007 at 08:31:42PM +0000, Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
> > You don't get it, it wouldn't solve the problem.
> > 
> > You'd still have to go to the courts in order to prove that they are
> > software patents and as such invalid.
> > 
> > Do you have tens of thousands of Euros?
> I think you are the one missing the point Rui.

Why would you say so...

>  Anyone can sue anyone for
> anything - they are just likely to lose if they do something stupid.

... still you get to spend tens of thousands of Euros proving your
innocence, as far as patent infringement goes.

> >From an EU perspective the patent situation is passably clear and there is
> some caselaw for purely software patents. There is also some caselaw on
> DeCSS (Finland) although it disagrees with UK caselaw and will eventually
> no doubt end up in the european court for harmonisation.

Passably clear, yes. Expensive for people running a business, also yes.

> So from an EU perspective it makes a lot of sense. Unfortuantely from a US
> perspective it makes rather less sense because the US idea of contributory
> infringement is rather unfriendly.



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