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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Comment by koki
by koki on Thu 6th May 2010 18:52 UTC
koki
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2005-10-17

The MPEG-LA is shackling the web (and beyond) to H264 and its patents, so that it will be able to collect royalties until the end of time, and sue anyone who dares to step out of line. Their behaviour is harming innovation, and a direct threat to the freedom of the web. MobileMedia Ideas' patent troll behaviour is only a taste of what's to come if we allow H264 to ruin the web even further.


Thom, you are starting to sound like Stallman.

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RE: Comment by koki
by David on Thu 6th May 2010 19:22 in reply to "Comment by koki"
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1997-10-01

Re: Stallman: even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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RE: Comment by koki
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 6th May 2010 19:23 in reply to "Comment by koki"
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2005-06-29

Well, I restrict my freedom nonsense to the web, where it belongs. I strongly believe that the web should be accessible by anyone, with whatever device they choose, no matter how wealthy they are.

If that makes me sound like Stallman, then so be it. I'd rather be associated with a free and open web than with Apple and Microsoft anyway.

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RE[2]: Comment by koki
by Radio on Thu 6th May 2010 19:46 in reply to "RE: Comment by koki"
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2009-06-20

http://benward.me/blog/understand-the-web

Even Gruber linked to it.

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RE[2]: Comment by koki
by koki on Fri 7th May 2010 00:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by koki"
koki Member since:
2005-10-17

At least you acknowledge that it is nonsense.

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RE: Comment by koki
by darknexus on Thu 6th May 2010 21:07 in reply to "Comment by koki"
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Thing about Stallman, I used to think he was crazy. Of late though, seeing the crap these big patent trolls and corporate types keep pulling, I'm wondering if maybe he's not quite as crazy as I thought.

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RE: Comment by koki
by ShadesFox on Fri 7th May 2010 00:04 in reply to "Comment by koki"
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You can think Stallman crazy all you want, but when I look at who is on the other side of Stallman... I think I would rather stand with him.

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RE[2]: Comment by koki
by koki on Fri 7th May 2010 00:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by koki"
koki Member since:
2005-10-17

You can think Stallman crazy all you want...


I did not say Stallman was crazy. I wanted to point out how the last paragraph from Thom resembled a bit Stallman's radical discourse.

I do know that Thom is not a radical, though; in fact, he seems to be a rather practical person, who uses Windows 7 to watch his favorite Hollywood shows.

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