JPEG patent collecting royalty

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Dolly, Nov 4, 2003.

  1. Dolly

    Dolly Guest

    Texas-based Forgent Networks flexed its legal muscle saying that it wants to
    begin collecting royalties for the widely-used lossy compression technique
    for color images in JPEG. Read article:

    http://go.jitbot.com/jpeg-patent-absurd

    Good bye JPEG, hello PNG!

    -- Dolly
     
    Dolly, Nov 4, 2003
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  2. Dolly

    why? Guest

    You have been keeping up to date then?

    This was at least a year ago and the 'hello PNG' was used in the even
    earlier UNISYS GIF royalties case.

    Me
     
    why?, Nov 4, 2003
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  3. Dolly

    Mitch Hughes Guest

    That's ridiculous.
    Courts won't protect a patent if the patent owner hasn't done anything
    in many years to secure their own property or rights.
    That's a pretty consistent requirement across patent law -- you have to
    fight for your content long before it becomes a de facto standard.

    Of course, they might be able to recover money from companies that sold
    products using their code -- but that wouldn't have any effect on
    users, since all other tools and code would remain available, and all
    tools that were distributed free would be immune.
     
    Mitch Hughes, Nov 5, 2003
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