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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RE: Comment by fgrasset
by darknexus on Mon 24th May 2010 16:36 UTC in reply to "Comment by fgrasset"
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Wow, I love the h264 codec, it’s really the best audio/video codec out there.

Actually, just to clear things up, H.264 only handles video. It has nothing to do with audio, you can pair any audio codec you wish with H.264 provided the container you choose supports that.

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)

True, the content providers in a lot of countries don't have to care. However, according to MPEG-LA, they can go after *anyone* in the chain, from distributor all the way down to the viewer. So in theory, even if they can't go after the web site in a non-patent country, they could go after a viewer in the US who visits that page for example, as their patents apply there. Now, would they actually do such a thing? That is the question. They've vaguely hinted they would, but even if they did I doubt most courts would even hear such a case. Just because MPEG-LA threatens doesn't make their threats legal, however it could cost more money to fight them off than the average person typically has.

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