Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th May 2010 16:34 UTC
Legal CNet investigates whether H264's licensing is really a legal minefield. John Gruber, proponent of H264, concludes from the article, which uses the MPEG-LA and several legal experts as sources, that no, it is not a legal minefield. He's probably been reading a different article than I did, though, because even the legal experts have trouble understanding the licensing structure. Heck, even the MPEG-LA's head of licensing's language is remarkably unclear and broad. So, is it a legal minefield? Most certainly - this article does nothing to quell the worries.
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RE[3]: this article...
by kaiwai on Wed 5th May 2010 02:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: this article..."
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Right, because Android totally hasn't taken off yet, and HTC is totally not one of the major phone makers.

I second that; if it was a matter of upholding patents then why did it take until now for Apple to do something? It is something I always question when the issue of patents come up and why apparently 'upholders of intellectual property' wait until an organisation makes a success of something before doing anything about it. What it seems to be is selective outrange when their dominance is challenged by a boisterous upstart.

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