Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Apr 2011 11:48 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Multimedia, AV And the fight continues. Only a few months after the desperate move by the MPEG-LA to get anyone - anyone - to submit patents to a possible WebM patent pool, Google and the WebM community have struck back. A whole slew of major companies have formed the WebM Community Cross-License initiative, basically a sort-of Open Invention Network for WebM.
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RE: Disclosure of who benefits
by ndrw on Tue 26th Apr 2011 15:09 UTC in reply to "Disclosure of who benefits"
ndrw
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That would probably be MPEG-LA itself. Plus perhaps a company or two with many patents but few products.

But, that's not the point. The real benefit from joining the pool is not in the collecting the fees but in keeping the competitors out.

Companies like Microsoft or Apple are happy to pay MPEG-LA for that. I can only guess they would prefer paying even more if only that meant making the entry barriers higher.

The last thing they want is competing with thousands of start-ups in the wild. Investors don't like taking chances.

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