Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th May 2010 10:45 UTC
Legal Nero AG, a company with one of the most fitting names ever (can you imagine a company called Hitler or Stalin 2000 years from now?), has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the MPEG-LA. The German technology company claims the licensing body has abused its monopoly power, and that is has not honoured agreements made with the US Department of Justice. There's some juicy stuff in here.
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Comment by fgrasset
by fgrasset on Mon 24th May 2010 14:49 UTC
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Wow, I love the h264 codec, it’s really the best audio/video codec out there.

However MPEG-LA was - and still is - an horrible organization that have unclear and obviously unfair policy...
The simple fact that they can’t precise their licensing policy after 2015 made them evil for business and end-users...

However the MPEG-4 norms including h264 are internationals standards and the MPEG-LA is only responsible for collecting money from the licensing... where patents apply...

Thus I see 2 things:
- First: Web sites hosted in country where software patents don’t apply shouldn’t have to care about MPEG-LA and h264 licensing (please correct me if I’m wrong)
- Second: the action by Nero may lead to make MPEG-LA clarify it’s licensing policy in the long term. And hopefully, non business use of the h264 codec will remain free as it is now.

It’s only make sense that international standards must follow some rule regarding the licensing as it create some king of monopoly.

And having to switch to the inferior VP8 codec is shameful... and not always possible...

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