[vdr] Tivo patent info

Luca Olivetti luca at ventoso.org
Fri Mar 4 16:29:47 CET 2005

jori.hamalainen at teliasonera.com wrote:
>>United States 
>>>>Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued new patents to 
>>>>TiVo covering important aspects of DVR software and hardware design.
>>>What can I say but Aaaaaaarrrggghhhhh!!!!!!!
>>>What was that Clash song again? "I'm so bored with the U.S.A."...
>>Well, thanks to the EU commission that has repeatedly ignored 
>>the EP decisions, we're going the same route.
> And again if open source communities have made such features and published them
> before the date Tivo applied for patent, that is the easy way of removing the 
> patent.

"Easy" if you have enough time and money. Most small and medium sized
businesses (not to speak of open source developers) simply don't have
the resources to have a patent overturned, so it would be better to
simply disallow software patents in the first place. That's what the
European Parliament has repeatedly asked. And what the European
Commission has repeatedly ignored.


- Yo también quiero una Europa libre de Patentes de Software  -
- I want a Software Patents Free Europe too! And you?         -
   EuropeSwPatentFree - http://EuropeSwPatentFree.hispalinux.es

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