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"Free" H.264 a precursor to WebM patent war?

WebMink (258041) writes | more than 4 years ago


webmink writes "MPEG LA seem unwilling to explain why they have extended their "free" H.264 streaming video policy now. This article usefully unpacks the history of MPEG LA and then suggests the obvious — it's all because of WebM — and the worrying — maybe it's preparing the ground for opening a third front in the patent war against Google."
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FUD Fest (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 4 years ago | (#33423252)

MPEG LA has active patent pools and licensing for MPEG 2, ATSC, AVC/H.264, VC-1, MPEG 4-Visual, MPEG 2-Systems, 1394. Licensors, licensees, and licenses are all on public view: MPEG LA []

There are 867 H.264 licensees.

Google is on the list and so is On2 - which licensed MPEG 4-Visual as well.

On2 was never a licensor of any the tech licensed by MPEG LA.

These were and are the big boys in global R&D and manufacturing. Cisco. Ericsson. Fraunhofer. JVC. Mitsubishi. NTT. Samsung and all the rest---
and they have enormous interests, influence, and power beyond the web.

That does not inspire confidence in WebM's commercial prospects or its ability to survive a patent challenge on purely legal grounds.

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