Linked by jrincayc on Fri 15th Jul 2011 17:14 UTC
Legal Patent term calculation is complicated in the US because there are essentially two different systems and quite a few corner cases. Even with a list of patents, it can be tricky to determine when the patents are all expired. Since I am a computer programmer (and not a lawyer), I created a program to try and automate this. This paper discusses how patent term calculation works, and some results from a combination of hand and automatic term calculation for MP3, MPEG-2 and H.264.
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win 95
by fran on Fri 15th Jul 2011 19:47 UTC
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so can i can install windows 95 on a few machines not probs 2016.

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RE: win 95
by Cody Evans on Fri 15th Jul 2011 20:30 in reply to "win 95"
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That is protected under copyright. You'll be allowed to install windows 95 without worry sometime in the mid 22nd century, barring future copyright extensions ofcourse...

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RE[2]: win 95
by danbuter on Sat 16th Jul 2011 17:19 in reply to "RE: win 95"
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I'm confident copyrights will be extended another 20 years as soon as Mickey Mouse starts getting close to going into public domain. He's the reason it got extended last time.

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RE: win 95
by jrincayc on Fri 15th Jul 2011 22:08 in reply to "win 95"
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Well, more accurately things like WINE can re-implement windows 95 without it being likely there are patents. As Cody Evans mentioned Windows 95 itself is still copyrighted.

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RE[2]: win 95
by cb88 on Sat 16th Jul 2011 00:00 in reply to "RE: win 95"
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can't forget ReactOS even if it doesn't always work right it will probably work right before the 22 century ;)

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