[LAU] SFLC and ac-3

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Date: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 11:14 am


It has come to my attention that the SFLC has said they are not prepared
to take on Dolby in regards to licensing the ac-3 patent to the OBE
project for professional broadcasters. Apparently they feel that ac-3 is
not a big deal to the Linux Audio community and that professional
broadcasters should be left to take on Dolby at their own expense.

I am wondering what people on this list feel about their position and
Dolby's unwillingness to play fair under their FRAND obligations.

This is also linked to the attack on Kim Dotcom that has been undertaken
by certain Hollywood players and it has had a direct impact on the New
Zealand movie industry as well as delayed the release of the Hobbit movies
among other things.

My feeling is that this would be a very big case for the SFLC to fight and
they would be more interested if they knew how much it affects Linux Audio
and Multimedia software adoption for professional use.

Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd
Linux-audio-user mailing list

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