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Re: Codeina and how to proceed



On Tue, 2008-03-25 at 02:36 -0300, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
> On Mar 24, 2008, Bill Nottingham <notting redhat com> wrote:
> 
> >> Honest question: has anyone who actually ran or distributed mp3
> >> decoders implemented in (otherwise-)Free Software ever been stopped
> >> from doing so in countries where the patent encumbrances of mp3 apply?
> >> Or have most just been scared of even trying?
> 
> > Does it really matter? There have been shutdowns due to patent licensing
> > on MP3 in the past month - why poke the bear with something obvious.
> 
> Software-only or hardware?  Encoders or decoders?
> 
> MP3 patent holders used to distinguish between these cases.

FWIW, they were hardware, at CeBIT:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/07/patent_crackdown_at_cebit/ 

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