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Microsoft patent på filformat blokerer for GPL program (ASF formatet)



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Microsoft patents the ASF media file format and stops the author of VirtualDub, a 
GPLed video capture and processing program for Windows, from
supporting ASF since he reverse-engineered the ASF file spec. The consequences 
are numerous: Third parties cannot develop their own tools to
decode ASF or convert ASF to other formats, and if ASF becomes the dominate 
media format on the Internet (due to Microsoft's proprietary but
high-quality MPEG4 codec and strong marketing), Microsoft gains de facto 
technical control over the creation and distribution of digital media. And
if patenting file formats becomes a common practice, it can have a chilling 
effect on free software development since the reading/writing of data
in popular formats (say, Microsoft Word files or MPEG4 video) would be 
prohibited, unless one uses designated drivers. 


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