Summary: Microsoft’s imitation of Java is mentioned by Salesforce in its counter lawsuit; more news about the MPEG-LA threat
The complained mentioned .NET platform and SharePoint collaboration software violates Salesforce.com patents.
Oracle’s Java patents are also a problem to .NET, but what makes Mono and Moonlight rather unique is that they are encumbered by patents owned by the company which actively attacks GNU/Linux with patents. What we are trying to say is, software patents in general are a problem, but those who actually use them against GNU/Linux are so far Apple, Microsoft, and the patent troll called Acacia, which has Microsoft connections.
“It’s a fine example of the need for immediate reform (Bilski wasn’t it).”Just looking at some new press releases, we realise that software patents are not just a “Microsoft thing” (or Apple or IBM for that matter). Small companies too are showing them off in press releases [1, 2], but they never attack GNU/Linux. They have no interest in doing this because they don’t defend a monopoly with profitable products like Windows.
On the other hand, large companies use software patents to build fences around existing monopolies. TechDirt comments on the Amazon patent we mentioned a day ago. It’s a fine example of the need for immediate reform (Bilski wasn't it).
There is one last item regarding MPEG-LA, which we wrote about in:
- Canonical Needs to Tell Ubuntu Users How Much It Paid MPEG-LA for Patent ‘Protection’
- Microsoft and MPEG-LA Called “Patent Trolls”, Antitrust Complaint Filed
- Patent Troll (MPEG-LA) May Own Your Personal/Family Videos
- Alexandre Oliva Explains Why the Patent Troll Larry Horn (MPEG Cartel) is Bluffing
- “We’re in the Era of Digital Video, and It’s a Mess,” –Steve Jobs, MPEG-LA Proponent/Lobbyist
- Simon Phipps: “MPEG-LA is a Parasite Using Standards Bodies as Its Host, Whether They Want it or Not.” (and a Rant About Banshee/Mono)
FFmpeg writes about its newly-added VP8 support:
Now that the hype is over, let’s talk the real deal. How good is Google’s VP8 video codec? Since “multiple independent implementations help a standard mature quicker and become more useful to its users”, me and others (David for the decoder core and PPC optimizations, Jason for x86 optimizations) decided that we should implement a native VP8 decoder in FFmpeg.
As Slashdot points out:
They were able to keep the line-count low by relying on heavy reuse from the existing H.264 codebase.
The thing is, encoding with matrices and compression is a mathematical process. To allow a monopoly on such a thing is to grant exclusionary rights on natural, logical things. The FFII’s president considers this to be a pretext for lawsuit, but what we understand is that VP8 shrewdly evaded being classified as fulfilling all the conditions in patents held by MPEG-LA (which typically extorts companies using peripheral pressure). █