[FFmpeg-cvslog] [ffmpeg.org]: r65 - trunk/src/legal

michael subversion
Thu May 17 21:06:54 CEST 2007

Author: michael
Date: Thu May 17 21:06:53 2007
New Revision: 65

clarify "protection money"


Modified: trunk/src/legal
--- trunk/src/legal	(original)
+++ trunk/src/legal	Thu May 17 21:06:53 2007
@@ -73,6 +73,16 @@
 will come after their protection money. Most notably, MPEG-LA (licensing authority) is
 vigilant and diligent about collecting for MPEG-related technologies.
+<B>Q: You called the patent license fee protection money, is this a joke?</B>
+A: No, the legal validity of these patents is highly questionable, still in
+the current jurisdical systems it is very easy to ruin a company with patents
+even if the patents are invalid. Paying the (small) license fee is much cheaper
+than a patent lawsuit during which you would not be able to sell you product
+as the patent would be valid until you win the lawsuit 5+ years in the future.
+That is assuming you didnt go bankrupt before...
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