"We need to reach a decision on how we are going to handle this," the email said. "PS 'piracy' is a loaded term. Could we say 'sharing'- 'piracy' implies there's something wrong with it. Think of it as helping the health and good living of rich cocaine sniffing rock stars by leaving them with less free money to spend on sex and drugs."
IMRO's prosecution is relying on European laws and the Irish Constition which both having 'right to property' laws; while Eircom is claiming common carrier status. Unfortunately for Eircom their is no provision for this in either Irish or European law (unlike the DMCA); as the recent three strikes law in France shows. IMRO says it loses € 13.8 m annually; which at 40% (Eircoms broadband market share) it claims makes Eircom liable for between € 4 and € 5 million annually. If nothing else it will be interesting to see how the 'Hookers and Blow' argument flies; a decision is expected in 4 weeks time."
Is this yet another example of abuse of the patent system with 'obvious' and trivial developments being patented for no good reason?""A voice input is received from the caller, and the characteristics are applied to a plurality of acoustic models, which includes a generic acoustic model and acoustic models of any previously identified callers, to obtain a plurality of respective acoustic scores."
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