Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Mar 2011 11:46 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Legal Well, this rumour, coming from the reputable Wall Street Journal, isn't entirely unsurprising. Apparently, the omnipotent people familiar with the matter have told the WJS that the US Department of Justice and the California State Attorney General's office are investigating the MPEG-LA for possible anti-competitive practices regarding VP8.
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by cb_osn on Sat 5th Mar 2011 12:26 UTC
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"Antitrust enforcers are investigating whether MPEG LA, or its members, are trying to cripple an alternative format called VP8 that Google released last year - by creating legal uncertainty over whether users might violate patents by employing that technology," the sources told the WSJ.

The very existence of the patent system, especially with regard to software, is the direct cause of legal uncertainties. It seems a bit ironic that a government would open an antitrust investigation against a monopoly effectively granted by itself. At this point, isn't it time to admit that the system may be flawed?

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