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 nt_jerkface on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 17:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Greed"
nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

If you sell HD video over the internet with h.264 you're incorporating that patent into your product. You're saving money through lower bandwidth costs. The MPEG-LA group wants to be compensated for this use.

MPEG-LA creates technology for media companies to use. They can't grant an unlimited license to Final Cut users since that would mean that movie companies who used it would have an unlimited license as well. Pay per blu-ray? No we edited our movie in Final Cut Pro so we don't owe you anything.

As I stated before the return they get from software is peanuts. They're in the movie business. They just allow h.264 use in Final Cut Pro for non-commercial use.

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