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Gracenote: Open Letter to the CDDB Community

May 18, 2001, 04:00 (23 Talkback[s])

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Gracenote has written an open letter defending the suit it has launched against Roxio as well as its actions in charging licensing fees for the CDDB database in general. The company says "It's not about data, it's about intellectual property."

Steve Scherf and Ti Kan created CDDB in 1995 and wrote every line of code. Steve Scherf is, and has always been, the chief architect and a founder of CDDB Inc, now doing business as Gracenote. Although the raw data is user submitted, the storage, retrieval, categorization, and organization of the database, the access interface, and the matching and filtering methods are absolutely proprietary, and we will do what is necessary to defend this intellectual property.

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