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RE: CNN circumvents the Eolas Patent?

From: Richard M. Smith <rms@computerbytesman.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 17:08:48 -0400
To: "'W3C Public Web Plugins List'" <public-web-plugins@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002401c378a8$e5293df0$550ffea9@rms>

Interesting quote from Mr. Doyle.  Only one problem.  Although plugins
and applets are important to Web, they are actually used much less than
the hype was predicting in the mid-90s.  The browser wars are long over
with.  The Eolas patent isn't important enough to get them going again.


-----Original Message-----
From: public-web-plugins-request@w3.org
[mailto:public-web-plugins-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Eike Pierstorff
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 4:59 PM
To: W3C Public Web Plugins List
Subject: AW: CNN circumvents the Eolas Patent?

> 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
point of view, rather than MS's," wrote Doyle [Mike Doyle from Eolas] in
recent message to me. "It amazes me that everyone just assumes that MS
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
were to just say no? Or, what if some other big player were to acquire
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


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