A lesson to learn
Posted Sep 5, 2006 21:06 UTC (Tue) by bojan
Parent article: SanDisk faces MP3 licence dispute (BBC)
Whether SanDisk can legally do what they did or not is an interesting question, but I think for open source software distributors a very important question has been answered here. Yes, MP3 patents are being actively enforced and people doing so aren't afraid to press charges and do publicity stunts in order to make sure they get their message across.
I don't think any open source distribution would want to be on the receiving end this kind of thing. And let's not forget that even if SanDisk are right, they will have a big lawyers' bill to pay before they can prove it.
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