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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Futurama take
by Claxus on Wed 31st Aug 2011 11:09 UTC
Claxus
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2007-07-19

(Slurm episode)
- Who wrote that horrible player?
- Why, those are the Real Networks.
- Tell them I hate them!

I don´t mind their protocol and codec. Just that their player has been an annoyance for very long. I don´t known why I haven't suffered from installing their player since I switched to mac.

Perhaps it´s not the technology, more their business model that needs some rethinking.

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