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[News] FUD Against Video Freedom Keeps Coming from Apple and the Patent Trolls (MPEG-LA/Larry Horn)

  • Subject: [News] FUD Against Video Freedom Keeps Coming from Apple and the Patent Trolls (MPEG-LA/Larry Horn)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 15:28:20 +0100
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How I know MPEG-LA is bluffing with its FUD against

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| Even just before Google released VP8 and 
| WebM as Free Software, MPEG-LA and likely 
| partners started rattling their 
| (dark)light sabers threatening to assemble 
| a patent pool to collect royalties from 
| WebM users, just like they do with MPEG 
| and H.264. Please bear with me while I 
| show why it's nothing but a bluff to scare 
| businesses and people away from the 
| multimedia format that will displace the 
| MPEG-LA golden-egg layer. Unless their FUD 
| campaign succeeds, that is.
| It can be taken as a given that MPEG-LA or 
| other patent trolls will attempt to 
| collect royalties from any multimedia 
| formats. What got my attention was a 
| combination of the fanfare, the timing and 
| the wording of the press announcements.
| Smart patent trolls don't scare people 
| away from technology covered by their 
| patents: they instead let businesse


MPEG-LAâs patents exhausted by camera sale? (to be updated)

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| When you buy a digital camera, can holders 
| of video patents claim ownership of your 
| videos? They certainly claim to. When 
| looking into this, I found an interesting 
| 2008 opinion from the US Supreme Court 
| that suggests, to me (IANAPL), that 
| "exhaustion" through "first sale" might 
| save our bacon: Quanta v. LGE.
| Hereâs the article that raised the problem 
| of cameras coming with "for non-commercial 
| use only" patent licences:
|     * Why Our Civilizationâs Video Art and 
|     Culture is Threatened by the MPEG-LA, 
|     by Eugenia Loli-Queru
|     * The 140+ comments
| And hereâs the 2008 court opinion Iâm 
| reading:
|     * quanta.pdf (Quanta v. LGE)
| Patent exhaustion is a well-known 
| principle. It says that the patent 
| holderâs rights/powers are exhausted after 
| the first sale of the patented item. 


Patent Troll Larry Horn of MPEG-LA Assembling VP8 Patent Pool

,----[ Quote ]
| Let the spreading of FUD begin! Known 
| patent troll Larry Horn, CEO of MPEG-LA, 
| is clearly feeling the heat - a heat that 
| might set fire to his company's license to 
| print money. After a decade of empty 
| threats towards Theora, the company is 
| apparently putting its it's-impossible-to-
| create-a-video-codec-that-doesn't-
| infringe-on-our-stuff attitude into 
| practice once again, by assembling a 
| patent pool to go after VP8. Google, in 
| the meantime, is not impressed.



10 questions for MPEG LA on H.264

,----[ Quote ]
| MPEG LA: Yes, since the Web site is
| receiving remuneration for the AVC video
| content it makes available on a
| subscription basis, it would benefit from
| the coverage our AVC License provides. The
| amount of royalties owed, if any, would
| depend on the number of Subscribers to
| that website during a calendar year:
| 100,000 or fewer subscribers/year = no
| royalty;
| 100,001 - 250,000 subscribers/year =
| $25,000;
| 250,001 - 500,000 subscribers/year =
| $50,000;
| 500,001 - 1,000,000 subscribers/year =
| $75,000;
| and more than 1,000,000 subscribers/year =
| $100,000.


Canonical clarifies its H.264 licence

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| When purchasing an OEM machine with Ubuntu
| pre-installed, there is currently no way to
| tell, without the manufacturer explicitly
| specifying them, which software and codecs
| are bundled with the machine. A device may
| be validated as Ubuntu Compatible, which
| means the OEM has tested the system and
| Canonical has verified the test, or as
| Ubuntu Certified, which means that
| Canonical have performed the testing.
| Kenyon points to the Ubuntu Certified list
| on the Canonical site, which lists systems
| from Lenovo, ASUSTek, HP, Toshiba, Samsung
| and Dell. Kenyon added "We have explored
| setting some minimum requirements for
| codecs, but this is not something that we
| presently do".
| So the rule of thumb is that an arbitrary
| Ubuntu system does not have a H.264 licence
| via Canonical, unless it's an OEM system
| which specifically lists the H.264 licence
| in its documentation or marketing
| materials.


Canonical explains Ubuntu unfree video choice

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