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Stephen Downes

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If you're not familiar with VLC, it's a video media player that often works when your other video players won't work. I've been using it for, well, decades. It's the default video player on my desktop. This article is a history of VLC and is interesting because it recounts the patent lawsuits that have been thrown at it ("No one is checking whether these patents are valid," Kempf said. "It's a complete mafia; it's protection money.") and proposed monetization strategies ("These kinds of bundles were at the time popular with file-sharing apps and other freeware, which often relied on users not reading the fine print during the installation process.").

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