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Subject: RE: Archo killing open source....

RE: Archo killing open source....

From: Fred Maxwell <>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 00:29:51 -0500

David McIntyre wrote:

> It's just the way the legal system works. If I sue you for
> something totally irrelevant, I owe you legal bills, paid for
> by the countersuit, to pay the legal expenses.

There were multiple suits and countersuits, all settled. Having testified
in some groundless corporate lawsuits, I can assure you that the defendents
rarely recoup their full legal costs -- even with countersuits.

> Further, RIAA's inaction
> toward other mp3 playback devices in the market show that, in
> effect, they "lost" this case.

There's no question that they lost, but plenty of companies who were
victorious in court lost in the market. Pending lawsuits hurt stock prices,
venture capital funding, ability to acquire bank loans, and cashflow.

If Archos had any concern that the AV firmware being developed for their
player could land them in court, then they'd have been foolish not to send
out a cease & desist letter.

That said, I don't think that the Rockbox effort has any such concerns.
Rockbox has been in existence for quite some time and does not defeat any
types of DRM. I think that it's a non-issue for the Rockbox developers and

  Fred Maxwell
Received on 2003-11-10

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