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[5]: Greed
by lemur2 on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 10:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Greed"
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"If you don't like the terms of the license then don't use it.


Except that many h264 users don't actually knows the terms of the license. Why? Because MPEG-LA is playing the ticking bomb license strategy, by not telling once and for all what definitive terms of use are.

So, to refine your point, if you don't like license, don't use it. Period.

That why I'll never exchange lower quality for royalties-lock. But that's just my position.

There is another point to consider: if self-interested companies only provide source material in platform-lock-in formats such as Silverlight, and extortionist pay-us-forever-not-just-once formats such as h.264, then what choice do users have? If they don't comply with the no-choice terms of Silverlight (use Windows) and h.264 (pay royalties even though h.264 research has been paid for) ... then they won't be Internet users at all if the large companies get their way.

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