Originally posted by OlivierFromFran
Thanks for your replies so what are we going to do if a compagny succeed in copyright the whole cd !!!
This will likely never ever happen. The CD technology is a product of Sony and Royal Philips who both have held the patent for 20 years. The technology is still the intellectual property of both companies and will be so till they are both gone from the planet.
Naturally some companies can license others to use it and there are a LOT of people who abuse it (I.E. Most copy protections are illegal themselves because they do not uphold the red book standard and therefore the media it has been setup on is not a data cd-rom , although it sure looks like one ) , but in the end i sincerely doubt either Philips or Sony will just give away their intellectual property to some company.
And even if they do , then not all is lost.
Let me remind you of the .GIF case. In this case ,the graphical compression algorithm known as the GIF89A (i think) standard is the complete copyright of CompuServe and they have had many succesful lawsuits about graphical programs trying to implement it without paying them royalties , but in general .. the world had already been flooded with .Gif files before they could sue everyone. And who needs Gif now when you have JPeG and PNG for starters ?
Cd-Rom is becoming passe .. it's DVD now .. and guess who holds the patents ?