> I can imagine hilarious scenarios of course: airport controls for software
> patent contraband :-)
> I can imagine some kind of futuristic tablet computing device where
> installing unauthorized software was impossible. All software would have
> to be approved by some centralized authority, who would be an easy target
> for patent litigation. In that case, distributing free software that used
> patented codecs could easily become impossible.
Apple ships an H.264 decoder with that device already, patent license and all. So no problem from that side...