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 kaiwai on Sat 12th Feb 2011 23:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

"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.


But at the end of the day the direction of MPEG-LA is decided by the members who make up the h264 patent portfolio:

Apple Inc.
Cisco Systems Canada IP Holdings Company
DAEWOO Electronics Corporation
Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
France Télécom, société anonyme*
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Fujitsu Limited
Hewlett-Packard Company
Hitachi, Ltd.
Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
LG Electronics Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
NTT DOCOMO, INC.
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
Panasonic Corporation
Polycom, Inc.
Robert Bosch GmbH*
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Sedna Patent Services, LLC
Sharp Corporation
Siemens AG
Sony Corporation
Tandberg Telecom AS
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
Toshiba Corporation
Victor Company of Japan, Limited


Maybe instead of putting the pressure on MPEG-LA who are merely a front organisation that maybe it is better to put the pressure on the above organisations instead.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by 1c3d0g on Sun 13th Feb 2011 01:41 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
1c3d0g Member since:
2005-07-06

When you have scum like Apple on the top of the list, no wonder these fuckers think about nothing but suing everyone and their dog. Those damned lawyers sure know how to piss people off!

I swear I will laugh my ass off the day WebM becomes the dominant codec for the Internet. Go Google Go!

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by TheGZeus on Sun 13th Feb 2011 01:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

How would that day be different from today?
;)

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by kaiwai on Sun 13th Feb 2011 04:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

When you have scum like Apple on the top of the list, no wonder these fuckers think about nothing but suing everyone and their dog. Those damned lawyers sure know how to piss people off!

I swear I will laugh my ass off the day WebM becomes the dominant codec for the Internet. Go Google Go!


They're at the top of the list because it is in alphabetical order and not because of how much money they get out of it or how much evilness they gain from being part of said organisation.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by kristoph on Sun 13th Feb 2011 05:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Why would that be funny in any way?

No major company makes money from their H.264 patents. If webM were to become a dominant royalty free codec everyone would just switch and carry on with their life.

I personally think this MPEG-LA action is all for the best. Either they find no tangible patents which will strengthen webM or they find some patents and that can be dealt with in some predictable manner so webM can be deployed without FUD.

K

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