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[6]: Greed
by Soulbender on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 09:11 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Greed"
Soulbender
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If you sell HD video over the internet with h.264 you're incorporating that patent into your product.


Questionable at best. What I am selling is data encoded in a certain way. It is not really that different from the hammer that allows me to create things in a certain way. What is patented, I would hope, is the algorithm used and that is not included in the encoded data created by Final Cut Pro.
You want to charge for your codec? Fine, I have no problem with that but charge the company making Final Cut Pro for every copy they sell since that actually include the codec. That would be reasonable. Expecting to get a cut of the price for the work created by the end user is not.
The software industry has been incredibly successful in making the world think that their products are special and need special protection and rules. That is nonsense. It's a product, no different from products in other industries. No, it really isn't.
The only way I can think of that software is special is in how incredibly low the general standard of the products is and how companies are completely without any responsibility for the quality and proper functioning of their products.

Edited 2010-03-03 09:20 UTC

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