[oclug] Fwd: [edlug] Rather Depressing
sphex at sympatico.ca
Fri Mar 18 20:25:03 EST 2005
Rod Giffin wrote:
> On Fri, March 18, 2005 18:38, Greg said:
>>Rod Giffin wrote:
>>>>"FFmpeg is seriously threatened by software patents due to the numerous
>>>>patented techniques it implements. Also threatened are the many programs
>>>>built upon FFmpeg, like the free software multimedia players MPlayer,
>>>>xine, VLC, avifile, gstreamer"
>>>It's too bad they don't include any method (or request) for programmers
>>>help them work around the patents they're threatened by as well.
>>That is what a patent forbids.
> That's a common misconception. A patent for a method of skinning cats
> does not patent all methods for skinning cats, and there is more than one
> way to do it.
That is what innovation is all about, coming up with new
True. However, we are discussing patents.
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