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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RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by danieldk on Fri 26th Aug 2011 23:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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The article is incorrect, since it claims this was only about linking, while there is evidence that he was actually redistributing the software (which contains Real's proprietary codecs).

Apart from that, it's sad to see that the system is set up in such a manner that an individual cannot defend himself against a company without making enormous debts.

Edited 2011-08-26 23:04 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Shannara on Sat 27th Aug 2011 02:47 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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The defending part, I agree with. He need to be given a public defender (like in the US) .. everything else though, he deserved.

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RE[6]: Comment by ilovebeer
by JAlexoid on Sat 27th Aug 2011 03:20 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Only in criminal cases you are given a state assigned attorney, this is a civil case.

Any fine should be detrimental, but not destructive to a person's livelihood.

Damages however in this case should be calculated in the form of lost income only.

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