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FOSS Community Can Combat Bad Patents

theoddball Re:Does this count as prior art? (58 comments)

If the article is accurate, then no, this is not about examination.

The point of this initiative is to get information about innovations that exist in the wild and document it ("publish" it for statutory purposes) -- and make it easy for examiners to locate it if they want to.

This is about creating prior art that will serve as a bar under 35 USC 102(a). Examiners may find it, or they may not, but if nothing else, the publication will be sitting there for someone to assert in litigation / reexamination -- and quite possibly able to invalidate a bad patent.

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theoddball theoddball writes  |  more than 7 years ago

theoddball (665938) writes "In what should come as no great surprise, Universal Music Group is preparing to file suit against YouTube for copyright infringement, the AP reports. Discussions with the site's owners have broken down (although talks are apparently still progressing with Myspace / News Corp over similar issues.) From the article: "''We believe these new businesses are copyright infringers and owe us tens of millions of dollars,'' Universal Music CEO Doug Morris told investors Wednesday at a conference in Pasadena. '" This development follows last month's announcement that YouTube is negotiating with labels to legally host videos. While the primary complaint is against music videos, one cannot help but wonder if this will also impact the many, many homemade videos using copyrighted UMG songs as a soundtrack (or — *shudder* — a lipsync.)"

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