Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Sep 2011 21:48 UTC, submitted by glarepate
Legal "In a scene straight out of Bizarro World, Apple's lawyers are crying foul about Samsung and recent Google acquisitions Motorola's allegedly 'anticompetitive' use of patents. Yes, this is the same Apple that has initiated a patent war with these smartphone rivals. And it's the same rival that has tried to remove competing products from the market, rather than agree to negotiate a licensing fee. And it's the same company that patented multi-touch gestures 26 years after they were invented at a research university. And it's the same company that allegedly doctored evidence in European courts to support its lawsuits against Android. Yet in Apple's rose-colored glasses it is Samsung and Motorola who are bullies. Apparently Apple is irate about these companies' countersuits, which rely largely on patents covering wireless communications."
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How is this different from AVC patents. Isn't MPEG pool offering everyone reasonable terms?

Off Topic? I’ll bite.

Firstly, it shouldn’t be patented so there should not be a pool: The alleged patents covering AVC are based on simple mathematics. It is trivial to reimplement software to decode & encode, if you are in the field of video encoding.

Secondly, in the realm of FOSS, ‘fair and reasonable’ is not reasonable, Free Software cannot be shared with a RAND licence on top because it then cannot be conveyed to all parties. See http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/simon-says/2010/11/rand-not-so-rea...

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