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Genius! Kernel maintainer Alan Cox files patents for DRM!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Alan Cox is simply awesome. I found this on digg just a couple minutes ago, and I just can't stop smiling!
More power to him! These *defensive* patents would allow Cox's employer, Red Hat, to sue the pants off of parties who infringe the patent by employing DRM in their products. From the patent: "The method allows receipt of a notice regarding suspension of a sender's rights to use the content."
Think of what would happen if these patents are actually granted! Red Hat could sue Apple for iTunes DRM, the DVD consortium for DCSS, and Microsoft for PlaysForSure DRM. "Hilarity ensues." as one digger puts it. Check out the patents here.
However, as Roy Schestowitz puts it:
"Red Hat and patents in the same sentence make me shiver. I've had enough of that Novell patent deal."
Too true! But this is actually a really good use of patents! I can't wait to hear more about this!
posted by linnerd40, Friday, January 05, 2007


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