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Re: What the heck is Behringer doing?

sorry to be so cliche ridden,but -knowledge is power-ignorance is bliss-U
get what U pay 4

>From: Richard Zvonar <zvonar@zvonar.com>
>To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>Subject: Re: What the heck is Behringer doing?
>Date: Sun, Jun 10, 2001, 2:04 PM

>At 10:23 PM +0200 6/10/01, Martin Tauchen wrote:
>>If we trace it really strict and puristic,the whole digital Music 
>>were ripped off from Standford University.FM Synthesis was developed 
>>there in the seventies,a first commercial product-the DX7 was 
>>released in 1983.
>>The same for phyical Modelling.Developed in the early eighties and
>>manifested as consumertool in 1993 -again Yamaha with VL1.
>Not ripped off in these cases. Yamaha has a long-standing set of 
>licensing agreements with Stanford, dating to John Chowning's 1975 
>linear FM patent. Physical modeling was similarly licensed from 
>I'm not aware of any claims against Yamaha of infringement. In fact, 
>my impression of the company is generally positive. They have a good 
>reputation for supporting research and education, and I've personally 
>found them (and by this I mean the individuals I've dealt with) to be 
>cordial and even generous.
>In contrast, I have no such warm and fuzzy feelings for the rippers 
>of the world, such as Behringer and Fernandes.
>That isn't to say there aren't problems. When Yamaha secured patents 
>on linear FM applications to musical instrument design, this meant 
>that other manufacturers were obliged to either pay them licensing 
>fees or cease to use the technique in their own instruments. Some 
>smaller manufacturers, such as Buchla, had already been using FM, but 
>didn't think to apply for a patent.
>Another case that I have problems with is Coda's patents on 
>interactive computer music and score following. They struck a deal 
>with Roger Dannenberg, who had the foresight to secure a patent in 
>1985, and Coda insisted that their patents applied to all score 
>following algorithms. Other researchers who had independently arrived 
>at score following were in theory obliged to pay Coda for a license.
>Richard Zvonar, PhD
>(818) 788-2202