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[News] The RAND Scam Against Free Software, for Monopolies

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2008-04-02 Royalty Free versus Reasonable and Non Discriminatory Licensing

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| Now, here an example of a RAND (Reasonable And Non Discriminatory) licensing 
| model, this one has been made by Cisco about VRRP : 
| Cisco is the owner of US patent No. 5 473 599, relating to the subject matter 
| of "Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol for IPv6 
| <draft-ietf-vrrp-ipv6-spec-04.txt>. If technology in this document is 
| included in a standard adopted by IETF and any claims of this or any other 
| Cisco patent are necessary for practicing the standard, any party will be 
| able to obtain a license from Cisco to use any such patent claims under 
| reasonable, non-discriminatory terms to implement and fully comply with the 
| standard.       
| First you need to contact Cisco to have a license but the terms are 
| unknown. "Non-discriminatory" is vague and could be an issue for any free 
| software implementation.   


Rambus Court: “Price Raising Deception” Not Competitive Harm

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| By the time Rambus announced its patents and began demanding royalties (and 
| filing patent infringement suits against companies that refused to pay 
| royalties), Rambus had achieved a technical “lock-in” that made it difficult 
| for the memory chip industry to move to a different technology. Rambus’s 
| lock-in allowed it to obtain a 90% market-share, and demand supracompetitive 
| royalties from companies that were producing JEDEC-compliant memory devices. 
| Rambus has earned several billion dollars in licensing fees to date, and by 
| some estimates its total royalties are could reach as high as $11 billion.       



Nokia to W3C: Ogg is proprietary, we need DRM on the Web

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| But remember, that's not what Nokia is objecting to: they are arguing that 
| Ogg is proprietary (it isn't) and that DRM should be part of a Web standard 
| (it shouldn't).   

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