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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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by molnarcs on Sat 27th Aug 2011 05:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
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Real Networks did not destroy this persons life. He took a risk by redistributing their codec without a license to do so, which is a crime. Real Networks, well within their rights, opted to use legal channels to protect their property. I don't see a problem here. Is the offenders age supposed to give him a magical pass from obeying copyright laws? Are some peoples apparent dislike for Real Networks supposed to somehow make Real Networks immune from legal protection of their products?

The guy took a risk and got in trouble. The victim in this case is Real Networks, not the guy who committed a crime against them. Don't lose sight of that fact.

My god, I can't believe people think like you! I mean come on! Are you saying he deserves this? That his (and his family's) life should be destroyed because copyright violations? Are you nuts? What a corporate whore...

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