[theora-dev] [OT] Just saying hi!
19916243 at student.murdoch.edu.au
Wed Feb 26 15:12:16 PST 2003
Quoting Dan Miller <dan at on2.com>:
> I hope this helps clear the air somewhat. I know that engineers and others
> would rather hear some sort of blanket assurance that there could never be a
> problem with patent-free software, but the fact is that the system is rigged
> so as to make such a claim impossible to make in good faith. In the US in
> particular (I'm not as familiar with the European or Asian systems, though I
> suspect things are similar), anyone can file a patent for relatively little
> money, get it issued with only rudimentary research into its validity, and
> sit around waiting for someone to make some money who they can claim is
> infringing their patent.
Not to mention the Australian who patented the wheel in 2001 <http://www.improbable.com/ig/ig-pastwinners.html#ig2001>
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