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Comment: Re:Satan: (Score 2, Interesting) 228

by TheOtter37 (#15921960) Attached to: Real to Offer Open Source Windows Media for Linux
My understanding is that any algorithm can be patented, so it would be up to the patent holder to decide whether to restrict decoding, encoding, or both. From a commercial standpoint, it seems to make sense most often to enforce the patent only on the writing side of the equation (if at all). That way free readers abound, but people developing the software to create content have to pay a license fee.

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