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  •  Patenting a Process (3+ / 0-)
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    fareast, plf515, toys

    One example to help people understand the issues is that of patenting not just code but a 'process'.

    Apparently some German company has a patent on opening and closing MP3 files.

    That means the if a programmer writes code that is entirely his or her own for opening and closing MP3's and distributes it for free, they are violating a patent.

    That is why distros like Fedora don't include an MP3 player out of the box.

    •  everything is patented (1+ / 0-)
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      fareast

      I would think the MP3 file opening could be easily worked around.  Simply create a process for opening 'any' kind of file, not specific to mp3.  Or open the file with caching, or whatever, but that would depend on the patent.

      The 'idea' of using a card and connecting to a server has been patented since the 70s.

      Just about everything that you can point to as an idea has been patented.

      Walk into a store and see a cashier?  Patented.

      Send an email with your bank balance?  Patented.

      But I think as long as you don't get famous or make money on it, the lawyers will leave you alone since it isn't worth their time.  I hope so anyway!

      everybody love somebody...

      by toys on Sun Jul 15, 2007 at 10:43:54 AM PDT

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