SanDisk faces MP3 licence dispute (BBC)
Posted Sep 5, 2006 14:43 UTC (Tue) by Richard_J_Neill
Parent article: SanDisk faces MP3 licence dispute (BBC)
This gives me an idea. Is there any way to find (or buy) a patent on which the iPod infringes? The idea - not to make money, but to demand the withdrawal of the product. The "owner" of IP can offer to license it, but is perfectly allowed to refuse to license.
If it were possible to destroy the mp3 player market at a stroke, we might have a bargaining position: hold the elactorate to ransom ("sorry kids, no more music players") until the law is changed to abolish patents!
Pity it wouldn't work - but there has to be a way to destroy the patent system from inside. Patents are potentially even more "viral" than copyright, since you cannot code around them. Therefore a "Patent-GPL" would have even more teeth than the regular ("Copyright") GPL....
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