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[aprssig] Re: D-STAR video on YouTube

Mark Fellhauer sparkfel at qwest.net
Mon Sep 24 08:11:47 UTC 2007


At 12:42 AM 9/24/2007, Danny Messano wrote:

>I think you've spent way too much time arguing on internet discussion
>boards.  This isn't about "those evil lawyers" or "big bad corporations".

What Internet discussion boards am I arguing on?  Aside from this one?

You were the one who brought the lawyers and corporate comments into the 
mix.  And it was a deliberate attempt to color the discussion.  It's 
obvious you have a problem with our current economic models.   Don't make 
me parse your words.

>This is about someone implementing a standard on the ham bands that is
>encumbered by licensing.  If I owned the rights to the codec and you
>violated them by developing an open source version of it, I would sue you
>too, and I have sometimes been accused of being a pretty nice guy :)

Again.  Implementing a similar standard with similar features does not 
constitute making an open source version of that product and is not 
actionable.   But it won't happen until people see the utility of the 
original product.  DVSI's patents and copyrights are not that broad.  And 
you've never openly considered DVSI releasing the technology to the public 
domain in a few years.



>Amateur Radio is a hobby with roots in freedom and experimentation.
>Licensing, freedom, and experimentation do NOT play well together, nor
>should they.  I don't think anything should be allowed to exist on "the air"
>on an Amateur Radio frequency that I am not free to create myself,
>unencumbered.  I should also be able to extend it as much as I want, and
>others should be able to do the same.

And as has been pointed out, by not just me, this is a specious argument 
and opinion.  Your viewpoints as exposed by your comments fall well outside 
of the mainstream.   And you backpedal when called on it.   Most of the 
technolgy used in ham radio today falls well outside the ability of an 
individual to duplicate.    That's patently obvious.

Furthermore, one of the most vocal D-Star opponents on this SIG; and a 
person who has openly professed he hopes D-Star dies, has a financial 
interest in current APRS technology.   Hmmm...


Mark
KC7BXS





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