The LGPL and video codecs
Posted Jun 13, 2009 23:07 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
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so the damages from using patents without license
There's no question of using patents without a license. Google knows it has the license to use the patents mentioned in the article. The question is is Google using free software (FFMPEG) without a copyright license.
But the damage considerations are the same.
The damages for patent/copyright infringement aren't what the infringer gained by not licensing. They're what the owner lost.
That's always been a sticky point with free software, because the copyright owners have no intention of making money by restricting use of their work, making it hard to put a money value on the damage done by infringement.
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