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 r_a_trip on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 10:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Greed"
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Oh yes, greed. God forbid anyone get paid for any of this...

Well, if it is offered at inequitable terms this is exactly what should happen. The product should just wither away; unused and unpaid.

You are free to manufacture something and try to sell it at whatever terms you set to the market, but that is where it ends. If the market balks at your terms, you should not have the "right" to force a sale to someone who doesn't want it.

H.264 may be the best video codec in existence in the universe right now, but technical aspects aside, the licensing aspect makes a contract with the devil seem like a picnic. At least the devil does it on a per soul basis and keeps his sales voluntary. MPEG-LA owns (or tries to own) everybodies hide who has watched an H.264 encoded video.

The most funny thing about H.264 is that it is akin to a tin can. It is a container, not the stuff that people really want. We want to watch the video, not marvel in what tin can it is wrapped. I'd rather pay in time or bandwith or even in lower quality, before I'm criminalized by a fancy tin can.

MPEG-LA should choke in their codec. This is not about "fighting the power". This is telling an overbearing, soulless entity to just shove it.

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