Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2012 11:46 UTC
Legal "Motorola Mobility has been granted an injunction against the distribution of key Microsoft products in Germany. The sales ban covers the Xbox 360 games console, Windows 7 system software, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. It follows a ruling that Microsoft had infringed two patents necessary to offer H.264 video coding and playback." But... But... The MPEG-LA, Apple, and Microsoft have been lying to us all this time about the safety of using H264 over WebM, with their supporters blindly parroting the party line? This surprises me greatly and deeply, and I dare say I have not seen this coming at all. Not at all. No sir. Not at all.
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FRAND obligations..
by bert64 on Wed 2nd May 2012 12:00 UTC
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As i understand it, Motorola are under no obligation whatsoever... They are not a member of the MPEG-LA group according to the site:

Nice to see MPEG-LA and MS getting a taste of their own medicine... Now let's hope all these patent lawsuits end up hurting the big players enough that they are motivated to do something about it...

On the other hand, the current patent system only benefits lawyers, and given that most politicians are lawyers i doubt they will do anything that cuts off such a revenue stream for themselves.

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RE: FRAND obligations..
by MollyC on Wed 2nd May 2012 16:07 in reply to "FRAND obligations.."
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Except that Microsoft wants to license the patents in question, but Motorola is demanding 4 billion dollars per year. That's not a "taste of Microsoft's medicine", it's total bull.

Now what might happen is that Microsoft simply removes H.264 capability from the products in question, and the first time the user tries to play an H.264 video, a pop-up message box will appear, directing the user to one of many H.264 codec developers, where the user can pay the standard $10 fee to get the codec (that's what MS and Apple used to do years ago regarding MPEG2 functionality for Windows and Mac (Classic and OSX)).

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

You're right its not a taste of their own medicine, its distilled payback and its a bitch.

Patents suck, but its kinda fun watching the carnage between the larger companies. Its like watching supervillans fight each other, there are no good guys but you root for every blow none-the-less.

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