Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 1st May 2010 22:17 UTC
Legal We've all heard how the h.264 is rolled over on patents and royalties. Even with these facts, I kept supporting the best-performing "delivery" codec in the market, which is h.264. "Let the best win", I kept thinking. But it wasn't until very recently when I was made aware that the problem is way deeper. No, my friends. It's not just a matter of just "picking Theora" to export a video to Youtube and be clear of any litigation. MPEG-LA's trick runs way deeper! The [street-smart] people at MPEG-LA have made sure that from the moment we use a camera or camcorder to shoot an mpeg2 (e.g. HDV cams) or h.264 video (e.g. digicams, HD dSLRs, AVCHD cams), we owe them royalties, even if the final video distributed was not encoded using their codecs! Let me show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

UPDATE: Engadget just wrote a reply to this article. The article says that you don't need an extra license to shoot commercial video with h.264 cameras, but I wonder why the license says otherwise, and Engadget's "quotes" of user/filmmaker indemnification by MPEG-LA are anonymous...

UPDATE 2: Engadget's editor replied to me. So according to him, the quotes are not anonymous, but organization-wide on purpose. If that's the case, I guess this concludes that. And I can take them on their word from now on.

UPDATE 3: And regarding royalties (as opposed to just licensing), one more reply by Engadget's editor.

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But why should I care?
by Auxx on Sun 2nd May 2010 08:58 UTC
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I live in Latvia, EU. Software patents do not exist here and EULAs don't have any legal power here unless signed by BOTH parties on PAPER. Oh, and it must be in Latvian language. So, why should I care? I'm full protected here from MPEG LA.

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RE: But why should I care?
by darknexus on Sun 2nd May 2010 11:23 in reply to "But why should I care?"
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Isn't that attitude exactly what we in the US are accused of? I can't help but love the irony here.

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RE[2]: But why should I care?
by Auxx on Wed 5th May 2010 16:57 in reply to "RE: But why should I care?"
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Good irony here ;)

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