Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2012 11:46 UTC
Legal "Motorola Mobility has been granted an injunction against the distribution of key Microsoft products in Germany. The sales ban covers the Xbox 360 games console, Windows 7 system software, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. It follows a ruling that Microsoft had infringed two patents necessary to offer H.264 video coding and playback." But... But... The MPEG-LA, Apple, and Microsoft have been lying to us all this time about the safety of using H264 over WebM, with their supporters blindly parroting the party line? This surprises me greatly and deeply, and I dare say I have not seen this coming at all. Not at all. No sir. Not at all.
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by kurkosdr on Wed 2nd May 2012 18:57 UTC
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I 'd just like to point out some facts:

-The EU doesn't mandate soft patents to be enforced by it's members, but some countries may choose to enforce them (Germany is the most famous, NeroAG, a German company, pays royalties to MPEG LA). France and other didn't choose to enforce soft patents, in fact France has a clear law against software patents for interoperability purposes (check so France is a utopia for open source. There was a proposal some years back whether the EU will mandate soft patent enforcement for all member states, but some countries voted no and the proposal fortunately got down.

-WebM offers the same overall quality as H.264 -baseline.

Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.2.2; el-gr; LG-P990 Build/FRG83G) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1 MMS/LG-Android-MMS-V1.0/1.2

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