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[News] Video Codecs Contaminated by Software Patents Insanity (US/JP Laws)

  • Subject: [News] Video Codecs Contaminated by Software Patents Insanity (US/JP Laws)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 03 May 2010 15:07:50 +0100
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G.729 Codec from Howler Technologies Confirmed Interoperable with Xorcom PBX 

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| Xorcom, a privately-held manufacturer of 
| business telephony interfaces and appliances 
| based on Asterisk open source software, and 
| Howler Technologies, the high definition 
| voice and video transcoding company, and 
| providers of a wide range of cost-effective, 
| carrier-grade transcoding solutions to the 
| telecoms industry, announced today that they 
| have successfully completed interoperability 
| testing between Xorcomâs IP-PBX models and 
| Howler Technologiesâ G.729 software codec 
| for Asterisk, known as âHowletâ.
| [...]
| âHowlet allows Xorcom integrators to avoid 
| the responsibility of paying the license fee 
| for the Open Source version of the G.729 
| codec (for which initial license fees are 
| approximately $25,000 â $30,000), since 
| Howlet is GPLv2 compliant and includes the 
| G.729 Patent Royalty,â notes Eran Gal, CEO, 
| Xorcom. âIt supports our standard software 
| platforms â Asterisk, Elastix and trixbox â 
| out-of-the-box, so implementation is a 
| breeze.â 


Behind the open codec FUD attack

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| The FUD attack launched against Ogg Theora 
| and VP8, the very idea that they violate 
| patents, is not aimed at the courts, but at 
| the W3C, which held a conference on the 
| coming HTML5 standards last week in Raleigh.
| [...]
| Microsoft  and Apple are carrying the water 
| of the content industries, which fear that 
| losing control of the technology under which 
| content is displayed results in losing 
| control of the content itself. That control 
| is expressed through the MPEG LA licensing 
| body.
| The $5 million license fee for the H.264 
| codec required by MPEG LA acts as a barrier 
| to entry, both a financial and moral one. A 
| licensee that doesnât follow Hollywoodâs 
| rules could have its license pulled, and 
| thus its product.
| The money is chump change for Microsoft, and 
| the barrier a good thing.  Itâs a matter of 
| principle for open source.


A case of intellectual property rights

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| Texas-based DDB Technologies, an 
| intellectual property-holding company, has 
| sued a host of US sporting leagues and 
| companies which it alleges copied its live 
| simulation, play-by-play text, graphics, 
| animation and other patented interactive 
| media-based technologies.
| Just last week it filed a lawsuit against 
| the National Basketball Association (NBA) 
| and has also brought cases against ESPN, the 
| NFL and Yahoo. The company recently settled 
| a case against Major League Baseball, with 
| the defendants, as part of the settlement, 
| agreeing to buy a patent and entering into a 
| licensing agreement with another.

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