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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h264 is doubleplusgood!
by Radio on Thu 6th May 2010 17:49 UTC
Radio
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2009-06-20

"Hi! I'm Larry Horn.

As said in this article, at MPEG-LA, we've always gone after anybody in need of a license, to offer them one, because we're nice like that.

Also, h264 is open, whereas Theora isn't free. It would be better for you to "goodthink different", like John Gruber does.

Also note that all iPhone apps will soon have to be coded in objective-newspeak, a new language which won't compile if your app contains porn or political cartoons (and some other undiscosed reasons - just remember: if it doesn't compile, it is crimecode).

Finally, by the end of 2016, MPEG-LA will rename itself the ministry of love-LA. We are currently training our agents on the model of the ones who investigated the stolen iPhone case."

Edited 2010-05-06 18:05 UTC

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