I've been using VirtualDub as one of the programs to test my MSVideo implimentation for wine, which I intend cleaning up and submitting after I finish my exams. Having the source code is nice for that :) (Although having VirtualDub actually play movies won't be supported for technical reasons)
IANAL, but the patent linked to from the Advogato article seems incredably broad. Claim a, for instance, reads like MIME+TCP infringes on it. All the claims mentions "connecting to a transport medium" - does that mean that if I disconnect my modem, I'm no longer infringing?
Claim 4 appears to patent sending data with parity bits. They don't appear to have patented ASF, but a whole group of formats of which ASF is only one instance.
I suppose getting someone to contest this patent on the basis of prior art is futile? Is it now illegal for someone to design an error-correcting multimedia data protocol?
They reference the MPEG-2 specs in the patent - what does this cover that wasn't in those specs? I'm sure some of it is covered by later MPEG standards.