[Theora] troll or truth ?

Ralph Giles giles at xiph.org
Tue Mar 22 16:22:52 PST 2005

On Tue, Mar 22, 2005 at 11:43:31PM +0100, Ole Tange wrote:

> So?! What is it? Would it be possible to construct an answer that both you
> and Richard Felker III <dalias at aerifal.cx> can agree on?

Maik was I think confused when he agreed that theora infringed. Perhaps 
he can clarify?

> It would be interesting if Richard could point to a couple of patents that
> he believes Theora infringes - even if the patents are stupid.

That would improve the level of the discussion, certainly.

> So because MPEG-LA do not go after On2 (who make money of the same
> technology) we assume that their case is weak/non-existent?

It's an argument that the risk is low, yes, and it's something you can 
use to gauge the balance of power without paying for your own patent 
search. Just like the fact that Thompson never sued anyone over Vorbis 
argues well that they felt they had no case despite certain public 
statements to the contrary.[*] 


[*] See for example the (carefully deniable) quotes in 

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