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[News] Software Patents Harm the Prospects of Free/Libre Multimedia Codecs

  • Subject: [News] Software Patents Harm the Prospects of Free/Libre Multimedia Codecs
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:30:24 +0100
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Vorbis is not Theora


open vs. standard

,----[ Quote ]
| But the reasonable part of me wants to 
| point out that one part of the Apple 
| statement is worth looking at â the 
| assertion that H.264 is open. Because I 
| certainly donât consider it to be â not 
| even a little.


Google may face legal challenges if it open-sources VP8 codec

,----[ Quote ]
| But there's already historical precedent 
| for a company attempting to offer a 
| royalty-free license for a codec whose 
| underlying technologies it didn't 
| completely own. In 2005, Microsoft offered 
| its WMV9 technologies as the royalty-free 
| standard VC-1. As Microsoft soon 
| discovered, WMV9 was not "patent-free" 
| outside of Microsoft, and its underlying 
| technologies were not royalty-free either. 
| Today, Microsoft's service agreement on 
| VC-1 includes a notice saying, among other 
| things, that AVC -- one of the bedrock 
| encoding technologies claimed by other 
| rights holders -- may be used in the VC-1 
| codec, under a license granted to Microsoft 
| by MPEG LA. That license covers Microsoft 
| when it, in turn, licenses the use of 
| VC-1's three essential encoding 
| technologies, for non-commercial purposes.


No such thing as an unemcumbered codec



Google TV: Another Reason Open Sourcing VP8 Matters

,----[ Quote ]
| Googleâs decision to open source On2
| Technologyâs VP8 video codec at its Google I/O
| developer conference next month is not only a
| huge boon for HTML5 web video and a blow
| against Adobeâs Flash. Itâs also clearly aimed
| at optimizing video playback on a number of
| devices, like the much-rumored Google TV
| platform as well as upcoming Android tablet
| PCs.


Google to Open Source VP8?

,----[ Quote ]
| There are patent concerns, but Google has a
| very good record on patents, so I am
| optimistic there.

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