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Submarine patent threat still valid?

Submarine patent threat still valid?

Posted Feb 4, 2010 22:24 UTC (Thu) by AndreE (guest, #60148)
In reply to: Submarine patent threat still valid? by nettings
Parent article: HTML5 video element codec debate reignited

Well the submarine patent argument is a bit of a strawman because it is equally valid for PATENTED software as well.

Look on MPEG-LA page where they state that licensing the patent from them doesn't guarentee against litigation by other parties.

Also cross reference the Alcatel-Lucent v. Microsoft case where AL sued Microsoft for mp3 patent infringement despite Microsoft already paying Thompson license fees.

Software patents are such a joke because no one is absolutely sure who own the patents to what exactly. It looks very much like a cartel managed by "legitimate businessmen" if you know what I mean

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