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AW: CNN circumvents the Eolas Patent?

From: Eike Pierstorff <eike.pierstorff@dynamique.de>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 22:59:18 +0200
To: "W3C Public Web Plugins List" <public-web-plugins@w3.org>
Message-ID: <IPEGLIEOEGEAJNELPCFKAEOADDAA.eike.pierstorff@dynamique.de>

> Just wondering why Microsoft does not pay some kind of royalty to
> Eolas and
> let things work the way they do right now?? Is this not an option? Can
> someone respond to this for everyone's edification.
> Mahtab

This might not be an option.

"It would sure be nice for someone to actually consider all of this from our
point of view, rather than MS's," wrote Doyle [Mike Doyle from Eolas] in a
recent message to me. "It amazes me that everyone just assumes that MS will
be able to merely write a check and make the whole thing go away. [...]

[...] That is what patent rights provide: the power to exclude. What if we
were to just say no? Or, what if some other big player were to acquire or
merge with us? What if only one best-of-breed browser could run embedded
plug-ins, applets, ActiveX controls, or anything like them, and it wasn't


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