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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PhD of what?
by Soulbender on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 04:34 UTC
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

If you send a video to a friend who uses a licensed decoder, and they watch it, you’ve caused them to violate their own software license, so they can be sued too.


And then they will die 7 days later....
Seriously though, that's not how the law works. Well, at least not in most countries.

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hilarious reference there
by nt_jerkface on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 07:25 in reply to "PhD of what?"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Yea I think we have some sue paranoia here.

For starters you have to be making lots of money for them to even have an interest in suing you.

They are not going to sue Father Bob for selling his own personal travel guide to Jerusalem on his blog. They will only sue if you are making gobs of money and have refused requests to pay them. In that case I probably wouldn't pity you.

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RE: hilarious reference there
by Soulbender on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 08:53 in reply to "hilarious reference there"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Indeed and in addition to that there's "good faith". As a viewer i have no way of knowing what software was used to create the video or if the creator was licensed to do what he did. Therefore I act in good faith when viewing the video and I am not an accomplice.

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supercompman Member since:
2008-09-14

Oh yeah... just like IRAA wouldn't want to sue individuals that have downloaded a couple of songs. Wait a second....

These companies don't need large targets to go after... if they feel that Father Bob should have a license, they can go after him. I'm not going to count on them not suing me just because I'm a small fry.

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