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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That guy received what he deserved
by Alex Hitech on Fri 26th Aug 2011 23:02 UTC
Alex Hitech
Member since:
2005-12-29

Totally agree with a comment posted earlier. The guy knew beforehand that he was going to deal with something defended by copyright. He started his work anyway and achieved something that could hurt the company that owns the intellectual property. Obviously, the company does not like to lose money and IP.

When you consciously pull a stick that holds a stone in place you agree to be hurt by that stone. That guy totally deserves everything happened to him.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Just saw in your OSNews bio you like BeOS, SkyOS, and *NIX flavours. I also saw in your bio you work for IBM.

About 99% chance that BeOS, SkyOS, or any of the *NIX flavours you claim to like violates patents owned by IBM. Would you support IBM totally destroying the developers coding Haiku in their free time? Or would that be different?

I'm just curious.

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Alex Hitech Member since:
2005-12-29

Well, actually I didn't update my profile for a long time. Since August 22, 2009 I'm working for Microsoft.

I discourage infringing of patents, strongly believe in intellectual property and think that copyright is good. Actually, if anyone actively, consciously and by his own will infringes the property rights of any other developer, never mind a private person or an organization, he should be ready for fight - and, in my opinion, must be sentenced to punishment.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Do you know of any proof that he is the one who crated and distributes Real Alternative? Linking is not distributing.
Besides, he did remove it as they requested and they still went ahead? That's just being assholes but I guess when absolutely no-one uses your product anymore you get a bit desperate.

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Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

He started his work anyway and achieved something that could hurt the company that owns the intellectual property.


Real Player is a free download, Real make their money off licensing the technology to produce Real content, much like Adobe's Flash. Real Alternative is a repackaging of the codecs provided in the free download, minus the bullshit. Technically illegal but there's no realistic scenario in which this would 'hurt' Real; if anything, having a Real player that people don't detest helps them.

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