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[6]: Greed
by lemur2 on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 22:26 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Greed"
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If you sell HD video over the internet with h.264 you're incorporating that patent into your product. You're saving money through lower bandwidth costs. The MPEG-LA group wants to be compensated for this use.

My but you are a gullible one, aren't you?

MPEG LA have already seen a ROI of hundreds of times over their initial investment on h.264. They probably earned 200% markup profit in the first year alone. What they want is that income to continue for many, many years into the future, without them having to invest any more. What they want is to impose an un-earned ongoing tax on the rest of the economy.

BTW, no longer is anyone saving bandwidth costs by using h.264 over the internet. An alternative has recently caught up, hadn't you heard?

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