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The Register: Microsoft blocks cloners' from streaming media format

Jun 08, 2000, 20:44 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft has warned open source developers off using its ASF streaming media format. The author of VirtualDub, an open source video capture and editing package which reverse engineered the ASF format, has dropped ASF support after a call from Microsoft's Windows Media group."

"Avery Lee, the author of Virtual Dub, says he received "a polite phone call from a fellow at Microsoft who works in the Windows Media group. He informed me that Microsoft has intellectual property rights on the ASF format and told me that, although I had reverse engineered it, the implementation was still illegal since it infringed on Microsoft patents."

"ASF is indeed currently the intellectual property of Microsoft, one of a clutch of posthumous - and highly contested - patents the company has been filing since the new year."

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