MP3 patents (was: Freerunner's Future)

Wolfgang Spraul wolfgang at
Sat Jun 6 06:55:44 CEST 2009


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

You have a good memory! :-)
Yes, we were working with the Software Freedom Law Center in New York on 
our patent strategy.
There was a decision of the US Supreme Court that undid some of the 
ongoing work.
Don't expect anything to come out fast, but it's still moving.


David Reyes Samblas Martinez wrote:
> 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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