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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RE: win 95
by Cody Evans on Fri 15th Jul 2011 20:30 UTC in reply to "win 95"
Cody Evans
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2009-08-14

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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2011-03-17

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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