Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Mar 2010 21:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV "A lot of commercial software comes with H.264 encoders and decoders, and some computers arrive with this software preinstalled. This leads a lot of people to believe that they can legally view and create H.264 videos for whatever purpose they like. Unfortunately for them, it ain't so."
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RE: Already debunked
by ba1l on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 01:42 UTC in reply to "Already debunked"
ba1l
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CNet investigated this and it's not as big a deal as it sounds: http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20000101-264.html


Not really.

As that guy said, products like Final Cut Pro or Premiere may come with a licensed h.264 encoder, but you can not use it commercially unless you take out a separate h.264 license with the MPEG-LA.

Since there are a multitude of possible commercial uses, which come with different license requirements, it's not possible for a blanket commercial license to be included with any h.264 encoder.

That's kind of the point of the article - these programs make it easy to produce h.264 video, without even being aware of the license, or the fact that you may have to pay extra depending on how you use the resulting video.

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