Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Autodesk sues ODA - finally

It is a logical move. After the latest controversial press by Open Design Alliance, Autodesk now decided to sue ODA for trademark infringement. Autodesk is requesting to stop distribution and recall all CAD products containing DWGdirect 2007 libraries.
As Adidas would fight back if someone produces fake "3-stripes" apparel, Autodesk is doing the same with a group of its competitiors claiming to produce watermarked "genuine DWG" files (Trusted DWG).

I cannot help myself but I am very suspicious when commercial players are talking about "user rights", their "right" to gain access to competitor's technology and well-doing for mankind... And - at the same time - refusing to open their own proprietary file formats. Behind the lofty talk about user rights it's plain unfair competition.

(via AECnews.com)

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