A lesson to learn
Posted Sep 6, 2006 2:39 UTC (Wed) by bojan
In reply to: A lesson to learn
Parent article: SanDisk faces MP3 licence dispute (BBC)
> Perhaps SanDisk made a conscious decision to challenge it in court based on their understanding of the patents involved?
Yeah, who knows. Anyhow, I'd say the publicity stunt alone is sufficient to scare off some SanDisk customers - at least until the whole thing is resolved. But who knows, maybe SanDisk are confident they will win this so they don't care about some revenue loss and legal fees. And you're right about the bottom line reasoning by most companies - whatever turns out to be cheaper goes.
In any event, I don't think distros like Debian, Fedora etc., that are based on 100% open source software should get involved with MP3 stuff at all. It's a hornet's nest, apparently. I think everyone here at LWN knows what I was referring to with that comment - some people's desire to include MP3 players in those distros. From my perspective, it's a big no-no.
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