Microsoft has been ordered to stump up $1.5bn for violating MP3 patents owned by Alcatel and Lucent Technologies. US federal judge Rudi Brewster told the software giant that it's time to pay damages, after a trial jury found Microsoft guilty in February. The judge ordered the $1.5bn to be split between Lucent and Alcatel - the …
You win some you loose some, while I'm not a fan of Microsoft's business or technologies I'd march with them against software patents.
Microsoft should sue...
Microsoft should sue whoever they paid money to to licence the MP3 technology in the first place. Presumably whoever they licenced it from was not the owner which seems to be where the confusion has arisen.
Microsoft anti patent?
unfortunately I don't think they would be marching with you . . http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/mar06/03-065000PatentPR.mspx
Now you know...
Now you know why Windows Vista is so expensive...
You can argue this is why many music sites use DRM laden formats and not MP3. The MP3 licence holders are greedy and will sue anyone providing MP3 downloads.
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