Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th May 2010 13:52 UTC, submitted by Jupiter
Legal While Eugenia has already detailed just how intricate and impressive the MPEG-LA's efforts have been to basically set up the foundations that would allow them to sue just about everyone - their vague and unclear licenses are used in everything from DVD players to digital camcorders, and as such, it's hard to avoid them. Many others claim that the MPEG-LA won't ever go rogue (or this, take your pick). I think those people will be interested to know that one of the MPEG-LA's subsidiaries, a cut-and-clear patent troll, has launched several patent infringement suits earlier this year. This patent troll's CEO? Larry Horn - yes, the same Larry Horn who's also CEO of the MPEG-LA.
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This is obscene
by woegjiub on Thu 6th May 2010 14:15 UTC
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I hope that people can now see that MPEG-LA is pure evil.

Existing to 'license' things to people.... Sounds an awful lot like existing to charge people money for doing things they patented.

This kind of patent-trolling and blatant abuse of the system which was meant to improve innovation needs to stop.

I hope very strongly that google open-source VP8, that MPEG-LA sue them over some broad, all-enveloping patent, and that software patents are rendered null and void by a combination of that and Apple vs HTC.

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v RE: This is obscene
by koffie on Thu 6th May 2010 16:24 in reply to "This is obscene"
RE[2]: This is obscene
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 6th May 2010 16:30 in reply to "RE: This is obscene"
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Right. The company is owned by the MPEG-LA, and headed by the SAME CEO as the MPEG-LA.

But that's all coincidental, right?

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