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RE: CNN circumvents the Eolas Patent?

From: <Daniel_Austin@grainger.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 15:36:58 -0500
To: rms@computerbytesman.com
Cc: public-web-plugins@w3.org, public-web-plugins-request@w3.org
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      I have attended many of the meetings about this subject, at W3C and
elsewhere. I won't reveal what I learned, but it is safe to say that the
article is grossly wrong in some places, and partially wrong in others. I
would not put too much faith in what is said in the article.



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Thanks for pointing out this article.  The article was both very
interesting and very frustrating.  It would be nice if Mr. Wallent would
put together an email for this list describing some of the technical
measures that Microsoft is considering to avoid the Eolas '906 patent.
Our collective mind readers are broken.......


-----Original Message-----
From: public-web-plugins-request@w3.org
[mailto:public-web-plugins-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Jeff Stevens
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 4:02 PM
To: public-web-plugins@w3.org
Subject: CNN circumvents the Eolas Patent?

Hello all...

I just read a new CNET article (
http://news.com.com/2100-1032_3-5074799.html?tag=fd_top ) that detailed
the Microsoft / Eolas case, and in it Michael Wallent (a general manager
in the Windows Division) urges developers to use alternate means of
delivery of content just in case they don't prevail in their appeals.
Then, the article went further:

"Wallent cited CNN.com as an example of a site that uses Macromedia
Flash--a technology many consider particularly vulnerable to the
patent's claims--in a non-infringing way."

I glanced a bit at the current CNN.com site and didn't see anything
different about how they were using Flash; does anyone know what he's
talking about?

Jeff Stevens
Received on Thursday, 11 September 2003 16:37:04 UTC

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