[QUOTE="Andrew"]\nFrom [URL="http://www.dpreview.com"]www.dpreview.com[/URL]. Talk about greedy.\n\nMicrosoft's FAT charges\n\nMicrosoft will soon be charging manufacturers of flash memory card\ndevices and those which use them </body>.25 per unit or up to 0,000 to use\nthe FAT filesystem. For those who are unaware the FAT file system was\ndeveloped by Microsoft back in 1976 and has become the standard file\nsystem for all digital still cameras. Microsoft owns patents to the FAT\nFile System but for many years hasn't even hinted that it may one day\ndecide to charge for it. These new licenses appear to come into effect\nimmediately and specifically make mention of 'compact flash memory\ncards' and 'portable digital still cameras'. What a great way for\nMicrosoft to cash in on the most popular consumer products (as if they\ndon't make enough money already).\n[/QUOTE]\n\nDon't patents of that era expire after 17 years? OTOH, I suppose they\ncould re-patent for variants.\n\nAlan.