Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th May 2010 10:45 UTC
Legal Nero AG, a company with one of the most fitting names ever (can you imagine a company called Hitler or Stalin 2000 years from now?), has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the MPEG-LA. The German technology company claims the licensing body has abused its monopoly power, and that is has not honoured agreements made with the US Department of Justice. There's some juicy stuff in here.
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Now that's what I call exciting !
by Neolander on Mon 24th May 2010 12:00 UTC
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

*grabs some popcorn, and gives buckets to other people for free*

The more gigantic and absurd the patent war becomes, the quicker a much-needed revision of the patent system to make it fit the needs of the software world is going to happen.

Moreover, these guys have got some excellent argumentation skills that would almost compensate their generally horrible desktop software (at least it was last time I checked). This is what I call great news !

Edited 2010-05-24 12:01 UTC

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bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

There used to be a time when Nero was stable, fast, and very capable.

Shame it sucks lately, but at least the company is fighting the good fight in the patent war...

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

There used to be a time when Nero was stable, fast, and very capable.
Shame it sucks lately, but at least the company is fighting the good fight in the patent war...


Ya know, I used to be a loyal user of Nero, but then they starded selling their CD/DVD burning app as part of a huge bundle with a bunch of shit that I didn't want or need, and that was the only way you could get it (aside from OEM versions). At around the same time, free burning tools like CDBurnerXP and Infrarecorder showed up on the scene.

So when Vista came out and the version of Nero I had wasn't compatible, figured I'd try out some of the free tools and I'd purchase the new version of Nero only if I needed to. Well, that was about 3 years ago and I have never looked back. Between the programs I mentioned above plus ImgBurn, I haven't had a need for Nero yet.

I see now that they're selling the Burning Rom application separately, but is there really any need for it anymore? Meaning, does it do anything else that the free apps don't?

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

First try to skip license payments then accuse them monopoly. Sounds like company that isn't doing so well.


Or, you read Nero's account and learn WHY they stopped paying. How 'bout that?

Ofc you have choice to either believe someone who is completely biased, Thom, or real press who don't pull such a childish "patent troll" crap on every possible point.


So, stating something that is 100% true (namely, that Larry Horn is a patent troll), is not "real press"?

Weird idea of "real press" you have.

Edited 2010-05-24 12:44 UTC

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

First try to skip license payments then accuse them monopoly. Sounds like company that isn't doing so well.

Obviously you lack the ability to do basic research like, you know, reading the actual complaint Nero filed. If you had bothered to do that instead of just believing whatever tripe your buddies in the MPEG-LA choose to feed to you then you might have noticed that MPEG-LA

1) Changed the definition of what constituted a sale, contradicting previous agreements with Nero.
2) Demanded royalties retroactively for years-worth of sales.

A suit of this nature might be reasonable and normal for Nero if only 1) had occurred, but given 2) it is absolutely essential.

How would you feel if your land lord came to you and said "I'm raising the rent on your apartment by 80% and I'm doing it retroactively since you moved in, so you own me 80% more per month since you've been here. With interest. Here's a bill, now pay up!"? Most people could not afford that, as Nero likely cannot afford it.

Edited 2010-05-24 17:37 UTC

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