Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Mar 2010 21:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV "A lot of commercial software comes with H.264 encoders and decoders, and some computers arrive with this software preinstalled. This leads a lot of people to believe that they can legally view and create H.264 videos for whatever purpose they like. Unfortunately for them, it ain't so."
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RE[2]: Greed
by urkrobshaw on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 00:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Greed"
urkrobshaw
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It's no more greedy than selling gold watches for a premium price. The problem is just that customers got suckered into believing these codecs were a commodity.


If I understand things properly, it truly is pure greed. If a content creator (mum & dad posting a home video on the internet, or NBC doing an international broadcast) uses the codec, and somebody watching is is violating the IP licence, then both sides can be sued for compensation (note - both sides, not either side).

Gold watches don't come for free with computers you buy as an enticement to use the watch. A watch which you can do anything you like with.

If you use that gold watch to pay for a drug deal or fake passport etc, you are held accountable.

If you are the end receiver of h264/mpeg4 etc and do something against the EULA with it, you can be sued, but so can your "gold watch" retailer, and so can their wholesaler because they are all obligated to ensure the licence is always adhered to .

So <insert relevant codec IP right holders> could sue 3 times and obtain 3 times the payout, because an end user "abused" the software licence.

So mum & dad post a video, someone uses an unlicenced decoder, and both can be sued.

Someone on the net views a video (e.g on youtube) which was created by an unlicensed codec, and the viewer and creator could both be sued - even though neither knew that the codec wasn't licenced properly.

Got your own little website making $0.01 per year in adsense income? Are you also posting that home made video on your site which displays adsense? You've breached IP rights unless you paid $2,500 for a commercial licence! You could be sued.

Obviously they won't make much from the consumer/viewer, but they might get a bit from the hosting provider who is hosting the video file, and if you posted to youtube? How much money does Google actually have???

That is pure greed.

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