[linux-audio-dev] Gigasampler vs Halion PR war

Tim Goetze tim at quitte.de
Mon Nov 11 07:35:59 UTC 2002

Steve Harris wrote:

>Prior art doesn't seem to be very useful in defending against patents for
>some reason (IANAL of course). The recent British Telecom v's W3C fiasco
>was won on the grounds that the BT patent's system operated in a different
>way to the Web, rather than because of prior art (which there is plenty

otoh, a patent needs to express a new idea afaik. the technique
of buffering before playback is applied to 'slow' data providers
on a regular basis -- all the .mp{1-4}, .ra, .mov, .avi, .swf etc 
players do exactly the same thing when playing from a http host,
and they've been doing this for a long time now.

in this light, claiming the patented idea is either original or 
new is nonsensical.


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