Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th May 2010 10:45 UTC
Legal Nero AG, a company with one of the most fitting names ever (can you imagine a company called Hitler or Stalin 2000 years from now?), has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the MPEG-LA. The German technology company claims the licensing body has abused its monopoly power, and that is has not honoured agreements made with the US Department of Justice. There's some juicy stuff in here.
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Clever!
by MacMan on Mon 24th May 2010 17:08 UTC
MacMan
Member since:
2006-11-19

Clever indeed.

I think this just might have a chance of working. Consider that MPEG-LA holds a stranglehold on virtually any form of video, in that their patent portfolio is so broad and vague that there really is no way of compressing video that does not violate one of their patents --- this is by definition a monopoly of the worst kind. MPEG-LA wanted a monopoly on video, and they got one, problem is monopolies are illegal.

Surprising that no one ever thought of this before.

I sincerely wish Nero AG all the luck with this.

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You aren't to brite or you are a foreigner.
by Intellihence on Mon 24th May 2010 20:45 in reply to "Clever!"
Intellihence Member since:
2010-03-28

In the USA, having a monopoly is not illegal.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

In the USA, having a monopoly is not illegal.


However, once you've been labeled as such, there are antitrust law stipulations you must consider to assure you do not use your market position to unfairly restrict competition.

I think most would argue that MPEG-LA is effectively (and probably unfairly) preventing competition here by claiming that they "own" patents on every conceivable codec that would be produced. Furthermore, they appear to have been making license deals with major players in the market to "lock-in" their patented format with FUD and threats of legal action so that there can be no other options available.

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