What about the stuff in application space? Patent problems in driver space are a small minority (although surely growing due to video and other acceleration in hardware).
If someone gets a completely closed iThing and runs VLC, should that person be safe or not?
I'd say yes, and that the iThing is "generally used computing hardware". But if the hardware has to be documented, then the person running VLC on an iThing wouldn't be safe.
I think people should be able to run VLC everywhere without patent risk, and that whatever falls outside the "generally used computing hardware" definition should only be liable insofar as the act is specific to that non-general hardware.
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