[conspire] Fc5 & Netzero
rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Sep 11 12:48:54 PDT 2006
Forgot the footnote:
> 2. It deliberately omits proprietary and patent-encumbered software.
 By which I mean covered by patents enforced in a problematic
fashion, e.g., Fraunhofer Institute / Thomson Consumer Electronics's
insisting on royalty payments for MP3 encoders and decoders. It's
eminently possible to create open-source / free MP3 players, but the
rights characteristic of open-source software are not fully available to
citizens of many countries because of the patent-litigation threat.
(Those particular patents will expire in April 2010.)
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