Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 16:00 UTC, submitted by aa
Multimedia, AV Well, well, well. The MPEG-LA is showing its true colours. After a decade of threatening to patent troll the living heck out of Theora, the company led by a patent troll has now finally put its money where its mouth is. Well, sort of. They don't actually have any patents yet, they're asking people to submit patents they believe are essential to the VP8 specification. Update: MPEG (so not the MPEG-LA) has announced its intent to develop a new video compression standard for the web which will be royalty-free. "The new standard is intended to achieve substantially better compression performance than that offered by MPEG-2 and possibly comparable to that offered by the AVC Baseline Profile. MPEG will issue a call for proposals on video compression technology at the end of its upcoming meeting in March 2011 that is expected to lead to a standard falling under ISO/IEC 'Type-1 licensing', i.e. intended to be 'royalty free'."
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RE[3]: M(umblety)Peg
by atsureki on Sat 12th Feb 2011 17:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: M(umblety)Peg"
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Scientific research is open source. It has worked very effectively for hundreds of years.

So you would have all software development funded by public research grants just to keep it out of the hands of profit-driven enterprises?

Science is better than open source. It's open collaboration, and like capitalism, it engenders competition. You publish your methods and findings for peer review, and then others get to build on your work.

H.264 was built in the open by multiple collaborators pooling together their previous efforts to come up with the best possible methods. Meanwhile, VP8 was created behind closed doors by a single company, and only the finished product released both as binaries and now as source. That's more akin to having the Roman Catholic Church, and then Google Luther comes along and distributes a common language copy of the Bible.

Obviously both specs ended up frozen, but you're right, scientific conventions produced the superior product here.

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