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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Your such an ass.

If it wasnt for IBM letting a hardware patent be ignored and allowing compaq to run with the reverse engineered bios we wouldnt have the pc market today and Microsoft would probably have been a nothing company.

The company you work for Microsoft spent its whole beginnings copying and ripping off other people.. Lets see they bought QDOS, renamed it MSDOS, but QDOS was a rip off of DRI CP/M. Lets ignore the DRDOS random error messages win would throw out.

Then there was Windows itself a direct rip off of MacOS .

Yes I can see why you hold such staunch views about IP protection and copyright laws, this is why you work for Microsoft, in other words your a hypocritical Ass.

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BluenoseJake Member since:

They didn't let "a hardware patent" be ignored, they fought compaq in court and failed. it wasn't just "a hardware patent" Compaq had reverse engineered the frigging original BIOS.

IBM didn't let anything go, they lost horrifically, and that allowed the PC to take over the world.

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