How is this going to affect the no-DRM discussions?

 Microsoft has to pay Alcatel $1.6bn for using mp3 technology which it claims to have already licensed from the MPEG patent pool. Although there will be an appeal Alcatel could go after other companies using mp3 technology (Alcatel own Fraunhofer btw) which may include some of those engaged in the music industry discussion about dropping DRM and using mp3 format.

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