[free-sklyarov] NetBSD gets threat letter from Dolby Laboratories

Andrea andrea at gravitt.org
Tue Aug 7 17:53:14 PDT 2001

On Tue, 7 Aug 2001 18:33, Jon O . <mailto:jono at microshaft.org> wrote:
>Hijacked from Slashdot. Another case of DMCA infringment:
>NetBSD v. Dolby

This appears to be a patent issue. Dolby is claiming that the open source
package is an unlicensed implementation of their patent. I think it was
reverse-engineered, but I don't have any more details from my 30 seconds
with Google. 

It is, of course, highly annoying that Dolby is making vague legal threats
at NetBSD for merely supplying a link to something on another site (which
now seems to be missing anyway.) They are claiming that by providing a link
to another site, NetBSD is in effect violating the patent themselves. Now
there is something to complain about, at least.

That is similar to the 2600 case where they were forbidden to create a web
link to information elsewhere, and for all I know Dolby is trying the same


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