Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Aug 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by Morgan
Legal And we have another contender for the stupidest technology-related lawsuit of 2011. Do you remember RealNetworks? The scourge of '90s web users? Lucky for us, their horrible media player is no longer a requirement on the web. Also lucky, for those of us who occasionally run into content encoded in any of Real's codecs, there's Real Alternative (download here). Well, apparently, RealNetworks is not happy with Real Alternative (download here), as the US company has completely destroyed the life of the Dutch maintainer of a website who dared to link to Real Alternative (download here).
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Not just linking
by danieldk on Fri 26th Aug 2011 22:19 UTC
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Fact: the guy hosted Real Alternative

Judging from that message, he was also the developer of Real Alternative.

A cursory Google search shows that Real Alternative does not just implement RealPlayer compatibility, it actually contains Real Network's codecs.

If he didn't license the codec from Real Networks, he is violating copyrights.

Edit: the old website:

Edited 2011-08-26 22:31 UTC

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