Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 16:00 UTC, submitted by aa
Multimedia, AV Well, well, well. The MPEG-LA is showing its true colours. After a decade of threatening to patent troll the living heck out of Theora, the company led by a patent troll has now finally put its money where its mouth is. Well, sort of. They don't actually have any patents yet, they're asking people to submit patents they believe are essential to the VP8 specification. Update: MPEG (so not the MPEG-LA) has announced its intent to develop a new video compression standard for the web which will be royalty-free. "The new standard is intended to achieve substantially better compression performance than that offered by MPEG-2 and possibly comparable to that offered by the AVC Baseline Profile. MPEG will issue a call for proposals on video compression technology at the end of its upcoming meeting in March 2011 that is expected to lead to a standard falling under ISO/IEC 'Type-1 licensing', i.e. intended to be 'royalty free'."
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by elsewhere on Sat 12th Feb 2011 04:28 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Member since:
2005-07-13

"Prediction: MPEG-LA will sue someone before the year is out. They’re sitting pretty atm. But they have everyone’s arse on a collecting plate"--Kroc--13th Jan.


They can't sue anyone, though, because they have no patents to assert. They have non-exclusive rights to license patents on behalf of the patent holders, but it would have to be those individual companies that sue.

MPEG-LA is just strongly "suggesting" they may want to do so.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Sat 12th Feb 2011 08:46 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

The MPEG-LAs licencing is set up so that they could cherry pick just about any individual or organisation and sue them. They are no better than the RIAA who want to extract money every time a song gets played.

At the moment they don’t need to go about litigating, despite a massive number of individuals and organisations not correctly paying their H.264 fees, they are earning enough steady income from television transmissions, cameras / camcorders / DVD & Blu-Ray players and the content industry; it would be expensive and messy to start suing people to try extract a small percentage more.

But everything is moving to the web. It won’t be long before every TV is Internet connected and video capable. And if those TVs support royalty-free WebM—which gives a price advantage to equipment manufacturers—then in 10 years time, the MPEG-LA could see their sweet little taxation on the populous completely dry up.

WebM is the biggest threat that faces them, and they will not go quietly. This is an organisation whose CEO trolls his own customers with patent litigation. Expect litigation against VP8 decoder manufacturers or service broadcasters. It is their only response when things get desperate.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by pafipe on Sat 12th Feb 2011 22:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
pafipe Member since:
2010-03-22

"It won’t be long before every TV is Internet connected and video capable".

Where can I get a "video incapable" TV? I really really want one. Even if its not internet connected.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by westlake on Mon 14th Feb 2011 18:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
westlake Member since:
2010-01-07

And if those TVs support royalty-free WebM—which gives a price advantage to equipment manufacturers—then in 10 years time, the MPEG-LA could see their sweet little taxation on the populous completely dry up.


The H.264 licensors include Fujitsu, Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubushi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba.

H.264 support is baked in to every digital television set sold on this planet.

If you are in the business of supplying hardware for any link in the chain from the studio camera to the tv set, you are licensing H.264.

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