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: Greed
by nt_jerkface on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 06:35 UTC in reply to "Greed"
nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

The Greed here is just so patently obvious. Not only do they want to license it to companies, but to everyone who uses it both actively and passively.


They couldn't sell per media unit encoding licenses to companies if those same companies could just claim to be exempt since their movies were made with Final Cut Pro.

Or another way of looking at this is just because I sell you a product that makes use of a patent doesn't mean that you can sell derivative products that also make use of the patent without paying me.

But it is my position that h.264 is too inflexible for HTML5 video. Web standards are supposed to be open for everyone to implement, including for-profit websites.

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