[ODE] Quickstep and patents
jmiles at pop.net
Thu Jun 7 13:23:24 MST 2007
> Saying "mp3 is just an application of the fourier transform" is like
> saying "a car is just some shaped steel." The parts that are patent have
> to do with psycho-acoustics, quantization and noise shaping, which were
> all quite valid advances when the patents were filed. The reason we
> think they're "obvious" now is that, because the company gets protection
> from the patents, they can afford to publish and let their techniques be
> known. If we didn't have patents, we'd have large bastions of corporate
> secrets, and nobody would willingly publish any of their internal
Pure, unadulterated horse shit.
Although, I agree, it doesn't belong on this list.
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