Adobe Flash 10.1 + AIR 2.0 on the XO

Benjamin M. Schwartz bmschwar at
Thu Mar 25 17:20:22 EDT 2010

I hate to reply twice, but

John Watlington wrote:
>  it has never been tested in court

This is a non sequitur.  A codec cannot be proved patent-free in a court.
 It can only be proved that some particular patent does not apply.  If
this is your standard, then buying licenses doesn't help, because a court
cannot prove that some other unknown company doesn't hold an applicable

> This becomes a real problem when we start asking hardware
> vendors to provide firmware supporting these "free" codecs.

If a vendor is too paranoid to provide firmware, then we can write our
own.  They just need to provide docs, or partial firmware source code,
under an NDA if necessary.  Documentation does not expose them to any
patent liability.


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