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Re: EAS system
In a message dated 3/21/00 2:34:21 PM Eastern Standard Time, email@example.com
<< EBS system did...
Except much more advanced. Is it true about the
company who developed the system suing the FCC over
the rights to it? >>
Apparently yes. The company sent notices to about 500 stations (WJIB got
one), demanding that such stations pay a fee of about $2,000 (intellectual
property license). Apparently very few stations paid, and the other 11,000
stations did not get any such demanding letters, due to 'poor response' from
the first 500. The demand was also that each station was to place a
conspicuous sign on the EAS unit that the technology was pateneted by them,
A few other silly demands, too; which I can't remember at the moment. So,
last I heard, they want the government to foot the bill. They won one in
court (against stations), and lost one, too. Score 1-1, so everything is up
in the air. - It put stations in a pickle. They had to buy equipment, as
the gov't told 'em so, THEN comes along a year later, someone out of the
blue wanting about the same amount again.
I just wonder what has happened to 12,000 EBS units sitting at all
stations..... Perhaps someone could gather them all, and sell them all to
the gov't of another country. That's not a slam on other countries getting
our rejects. But rather the old system worked fine, too IF the employees on
duty knew what it was.