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December 20, 2004

Electric Sheep accused of Patent Violation

I just received a fedex from the MPEG LA! They claim that Electric Sheep violates their patent portfolio. They specifically mention Shoop, which I did not write and do not distribute. I do link to its home page. It is a simple program that includes no MPEG code at all!

My hope is that I've geen caught in a google dragnet, and what set them off is this text from the Shoop page:

Shoop is a utility ... f0r sequencing MPEG2 movie files ... and combining them into a single file f0r presention on DVD ...
However shoop does no more than concatenate MPEG files, it does not decode them. And when the MPEG LA realizes this they'll go away. Posted by spot at December 20, 2004 06:37 PM
Sorry to cause you trouble with Shoop, Spot. Hopefully you don't hold it against me. Posted by: Erik at December 21, 2004 12:05 PM
I made the Shoop web page and wrote that text so i supose i am responsible as well. Fortunately it sounds like its not going to be a problem. Posted by: Patrick Gosch at December 21, 2004 01:38 PM
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