[vorbis-dev] patents and separate entropy coding
segher at wanadoo.nl
Fri Dec 15 20:04:06 PST 2000
> In other words, Monty, i'd guess that posting your detailed patent reading,
> and your arguments,
> would calm things down, and would seal Fhg and thompson's mouths, in my
It would calm down mis-informed readers. It would maybe not calm down
FhG and Thompson, as putting down patent claims would seriously hurt
Vorbis, irrespective of if these claims are legitimate or not.
> I fear that if this is not done, you could be giving them space to sue you
> guys, and thus, putting away
They can sue anytime they want. If they win, is entirely dependent of the
legitimacy of their claims. (If the legal system would be perfect,
> investors possibly, and maybe putting vorbis project at risk, if xiph runs
> out of batteries...
As pointed out earlier, the investors would not be sued; they can help
Vorbis/Ogg/Xiph with some money to defend us in court, though. (If needed).
So, no investor would risk direct damages; the worst that could happen, is
indirect damages from Vorbis not being a success, because of losing a
patent trial, or otherwise. That's a normal investment risk, IMHO.
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