[vorbis-dev] patents and separate entropy coding

Monty xiphmont at xiph.org
Fri Dec 15 12:35:05 PST 2000

On Fri, Dec 15, 2000 at 09:20:24PM +0100, Lourens Veen wrote:
> Okay, I've come to the following conclusions:
> 1) You've done your homework on the patent issue.
> 2) I don't know anything about patents, a little bit more now than
> before that post, but still only very little.
> 3) I've wasted your time with my ramblings, I should have left it to
> your IP lawyers, since they know what they're doing, and I don't.
> In short, sorry, you obviously know what you're doing. I'll stick to the
> technical discussions from now on.

It's not a problem for folks to discuss this-- even if they start out
knowing nothing about it.  You just have to be exceedingly careful and
meticulous, just like with code.  We were just making the point to get
people going down the right path; public discussion of these patents
can be exceedingly useful, so long as the discussion is informed.

BTW, my personal feeling is that the FhG patents are *not* generally
overbroad (however, I feel differently about the 'obvious to anyone
with half a brain' criteria on a few).  


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