Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Apr 2011 11:48 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Multimedia, AV And the fight continues. Only a few months after the desperate move by the MPEG-LA to get anyone - anyone - to submit patents to a possible WebM patent pool, Google and the WebM community have struck back. A whole slew of major companies have formed the WebM Community Cross-License initiative, basically a sort-of Open Invention Network for WebM.
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Disclosure of who benefits
by kaiwai on Tue 26th Apr 2011 14:13 UTC
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When it comes to MPEG-LA membership and licensing it would be interesting to know is is benefiting from it more than they give in terms of licensing. Microsoft has already disclosed that although they have some patents in particular areas but they pay more than they receive back from MPEG-LA and I'd say that would pretty much be the case for Apple to. It kind of leaves me wondering that there must be some organisation(s) behind the scenes who are bringing in more cash than what they pay out and if so I wonder who they are. The reason why I wonder who these organisations are is because they would have the most to lose if WebM ever gained traction.

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RE: Disclosure of who benefits
by ndrw on Tue 26th Apr 2011 15:09 in reply to "Disclosure of who benefits"
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That would probably be MPEG-LA itself. Plus perhaps a company or two with many patents but few products.

But, that's not the point. The real benefit from joining the pool is not in the collecting the fees but in keeping the competitors out.

Companies like Microsoft or Apple are happy to pay MPEG-LA for that. I can only guess they would prefer paying even more if only that meant making the entry barriers higher.

The last thing they want is competing with thousands of start-ups in the wild. Investors don't like taking chances.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Just look at who created mp3 format.

Fraunhofer IIS, University of Hannover, AT&T-Bell Labs, Thomson-Brandt, CCETT.

Basically they are companies that specialize in this sort of technology, like On2 Technologies ( the originators of VP8, Theora). Not what I would deem as patent trolls, they made money off of various products that used their codecs as well as licensing them directly to companies. MPEG-LA isn't that bad of an idea in theory: a one stop shop for licensing of standard codecs. But, obviously a codec that requires no licensing at all is even better. Free codecs are a threat to the codec licensing market and all of the companies that sell through it.

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