[vorbis-dev] patents and separate entropy coding
kruus at on2.com
Fri Dec 15 13:08:48 PST 2000
I'm probably not the only one who's been asked to do some reading
into the patent issues, expressly for the purpose of determining
whether my employers will consider Vorbis as a viable alternative
for audio encoding. Certainly the more fears I can alleviate, the
better chance our company has of backing Vorbis more solidly or
adopting it if it proves to meet our needs.
While it's not necessary (I can probably find a lot of loopholes
myself, given enough time), the publicizing of the detailed
arguments may ease the task of convincing other "bigger fish" to jump into
the pond. Of course it would also make my task easier, so my motives
are not 100% pure! I'ld even be happy with a non-disclosure
agreement for Monty's reading, but don't think that's really
a great idea (in general, I hate NDA's).
Erik Kruus (on2.com, but speaking personally)
On Fri, 15 Dec 2000, Bruno Barreto wrote:
> > Jack, do you think it's a good idea to post my detailed patent reading
> > we did as a first round for the original IP work? It's good meat, but
> > would potentially be giving the meat of our argument away to Thomson
> > if this ever does come to litigation
> I agree you could be giving the meat of your arguments away...
> But i think at this differently... I know one thing... IF Vorbis had the
> 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
> I fear that if this is not done, you could be giving them space to sue you
> guys, and thus, putting away
> investors possibly, and maybe putting vorbis project at risk, if xiph runs
> out of batteries...
> Machado, Bruno.
> Keeping our fingers crossed ;) - "Aleksandar Dovnikovic"
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