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[2]: Not just linking
by danieldk on Sat 27th Aug 2011 22:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Not just linking"
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1. he hosted files on the German FreeNet system, which is a filehosting site, such as Tucows and many others

Check the netcraft report of It was and is hosted on a server colocated at LeaseWeb, a Dutch colocator. As both the e-mail message and the cache indicates, the files were hosted on Hence, the files were hosted by a server in the Netherlands. Not in Germany.

3. he collected, and still does, latest releases of software, as we can see today on, which surely isn't a crime to do

It is, if it contains DLLs which he is not allowed to redistribute.

4. he is not the developer of Real Alternative: the developers are the same as the team behind the K-Lite Codec Pack and Kazaa Lite, allegedly a bunch of Romanians / Eastern Europeans.

That's certainly possible. However, he did announce new versions.

It's all smokes and mirrors. The people arguing this was just simple linking, and no hosting, have never shown any proof. This while all the evidence shows he hosted the files, and as such redistributes DLLs that were property of Real Networks.

At the same time, there is a whole lot of bad journalism without fact checking.

Edited 2011-08-27 22:46 UTC

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