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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RE: Eugenia ...
by Eugenia on Mon 3rd May 2010 22:40 UTC in reply to "Eugenia ..."
Eugenia
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2005-06-28

As explained in the article, how you edit or what intermediate format you used doesn't matter. By the moment you use their format to record, you can already be liable if you used that video for commercial works later. Sure, you can always never divulge what camera you used to record it, but many of us on Vimeo, rely on that information towards our viewers.

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RE[2]: Eugenia ...
by FunkyELF on Tue 4th May 2010 13:32 in reply to "RE: Eugenia ..."
FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

So, the question remains.... are you going to do anything differently now that this information has come to light? Are you going to capture in motion jpeg and change all your workflows to be compliant?

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RE[3]: Eugenia ...
by Eugenia on Tue 4th May 2010 18:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Eugenia ..."
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

Is that a trick question? I don't answer trick questions.

Edited 2010-05-04 18:32 UTC

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