MP3 patents (was: Freerunner's Future)

David Reyes Samblas Martinez david at
Fri Jun 5 15:16:24 CEST 2009

pattens as are now a days is a real PITA, no matter if you don't have
the libraries installed in the device,if you are cached by those
pirate... sorry pattens agencies in customs they just have to say to
the court the device is suitable to play mp3 and you don't have
license, and your parcel will be retained for months/years, no matter
the court final decision, you as reseller are fucked because you have
payed for a material you cannot touch. So orl you arrive an agreement
with the agency (+money,-less time) or wait for the lottery of the
court and cross your fingers to have a judge a little bit more techy
than the average, because if not, your parcel will be returned by
default, and if the judge has a bad day you surely will pay a penalty.

Once was said OM was in sue trying to resolve this but I have no more
info on that for a long time.

2009/6/5 Al Johnson <openmoko at>:
> On Friday 05 June 2009, Christoph Pulster wrote:
>> > It's more than welcome to see Openmoko Inc. is still very much in
>> > support of the Freerunner/GTA02 and will provide the community with
>> > support in areas like the hosting infrastructure as well as the legal
>> > side (trademarks).
>> Please remember the patent infridgements concerning MP3 (
>> Openmoko Inc. did not solve this issue until today.
>> As a result, all sales inside EU are patent infridgments, all reseller
>> inside EU community have to live with the fact, that local customs seize
>> their Freerunner order anytime.
> Openmoko removed the mp3 codecs from the images they supply, and from their
> repositories, causing frustration for many. I don't know what image they now
> ship with, but would be surprised if they haven't removed the mp3 codecs from
> that too. If it doesn't contain the codec it can't infringe the patent. What
> more do you expect them to do?
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David Reyes Samblas Martinez
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