how implementable Flash is
Posted Jan 25, 2010 21:12 UTC (Mon) by coriordan
In reply to: Blizzard: HTML5 video and H.264 - what history tells us and why we're standing with the web
Parent article: Blizzard: HTML5 video and H.264 - what history tells us and why we're standing with the web
I'd've thought that implementing Flash would raise lots of patent problems, but this doesn't seem to have happened. When I heard Rob Savoye of Gnash complaining about software patents last February, he was complaining about codec patents.
I can't find any info online right now, but I seem to remember him saying the the main legal difficulty with implementing Flash is that he can't hire any programmers in the USA because there's a draconian clause in Adobe's licence that's enforceable in the USA and nowhere else. Something about "if you use this software, you agree not to use the gained knowledge for the purpose of writing a competing program". Not sure where you'd find the details... anyone know what I'm talking about?
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