RealNetworks Destroying Dutch Webmaster's Life Because He Linked To A Reverse Engineered Alternative

by Mike Masnick
Techdirt
Aug. 26, 2011

Via Slashdot, we get the story of a Dutch webmaster who is involved in a ridiculous lawsuit that RealNetworks (it still exists?) is putting him through. Apparently there's a bit of free software out there called Real Alternative which, not surprisingly, is an alternative player for Real Media files. RealNetworks hasn't been happy about this software for a while, even though it seems unlikely that many people still encode things in Real Media's format. Either way, the company was successful in scaring the main distribution source about a year ago and has since gone after others.

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