Summary: The AAC encoder is taken off Ubuntu repositories, but other, more troubling software stays, despite clear warnings from Microsoft
CANONICAL has begun cleaning up a bit around its repositories, but what about Mono and Moonlight? They pose similar problems. Jeremy Allison has suggested that Ubuntu should put Mono in the “restricted” repositories [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. Here is what Ubuntu does with the AAC encoder.
Problems with the licensing of the faac library could lead to it having to be removed from Ubuntu’s distribution or moved to the “restricted” repositories where license encumbered codecs are kept. Libfaac is used to encode audio into the AAC format, which is used alongside a range of video formats to provide a soundtrack.
We previously explained how Apple and Microsoft were promoting the use of proprietary codecs with a lot of software patents in them.
The folks at Microsoft Corp. have to be more than a little ticked at Mike McKool and his law firm.
In the last year, McKool Smith PC has won nearly $400 million in two patent infringement victories against the Redmond, Wash., software giant. It just filed a third suit, hoping for more of the same.
- Microsoft Request for Patent Suit Review Is Nixed
- Microsoft is denied appeal in patent case
- Microsoft loses appeal on Word patent verdict
- Microsoft denied court review in $290 million i4i lawsuit
- Canada’s i4i wins another round in Microsoft fight
- Court denies Microsoft appeal in i4i case
- Microsoft’s i4i patent appeal denied
- US Court Of Appeals Denies Microsoft Rehearing On Patent Dispute – Update
- Microsoft Loses Bid for Appeal in i4i Patent Case
- Microsoft Dealt Another Blow in i4i Case
- Microsoft Loses i4i Appeal
- Microsoft loses i4i appeal
- Microsoft Rehearing Appeal Rejected
- Microsoft’s busy day at the courthouse
It is worth adding that Microsoft’s Marshall Phelps, who was among the engineers of the patent war against GNU/Linux and Free software, is joining the board of ipCapital Group, which seems like some form of a company that derives revenue from taxing the industry with intellectual monopolies and lawyer fees.
ipCapital Group, Inc. (ipcg.com), one of the nation’s leading intellectual property (IP) strategy consulting and licensing firms, is proud to announce that Marshall C. Phelps, Jr., former Corporate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft, has joined the firm as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Phelps is a leading figure in the field of intellectual property management and execution and pioneered many of its foremost strategies to unprecedented results while leading IP business and related activities at IBM and Microsoft.
We wrote about the subject of Marshall Phelps in [1, 2, 3]. He wrote an entire book to defend Microsoft’s attack on GNU/Linux using software patents. To use a new example, here is how ridiculous the US patent system has become:
Redden told jurors that at first examiners rejected Ballard’s patent application, both on initial examination and at reexam, citing check-scanning technology dating back as far as 1981.
“So Mr. Ballard amended his application to add the idea of encryption, and he got his patent,” Redden said. Ballard’s patent survived the reexam, Redden added, because it had one additional feature—encrypting a two-digit ID number on the back of a check.
Today I was at Williams Coffee Pub, eating a delicous bagel with garlic flavoured cream cheese and enjoying my coffee. I happened to stumble upon some interesting news around Apple and OpenPandora. The issue is over something called the “iControlPad” which was an add-on for the iPhone which made it easier to play games on the device. Apple decided it was a worthy enough invention that it decided to put a patent on it. That’s correct folks, Apple stole someone else’s invention (iControlPad.com). This isn’t news if you know about Xerox though
Typical Apple. And Apple — like Microsoft — is now bullying its #1 competitor using software patents. █
“We’ve always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”
–Steve Jobs, Apple
“As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.”