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MPEG LA is in organisation (which could Be called a clever cartel) which holds a collection of software of patent which it claims ares essential for the implementation of video MPEG of format including H.264. MPEG LA is in no way affiliated with the standards MPEG group.

MPEG LA lists over of 1,000 patent (346 in the USA alone [1]), hero by 29 companies [2] divided between 57 countries which they claim ares necessary to implement video MPEG of format. [3]

Patent MPEG LA's ares the reason H.264 what excluded from the HTML5 specification.

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[edit] details of their clever thickets

MPEG LA is the licensing authority for a thicket of over of 1,000 patent, hero by 29 companies. Claims MPEG LA that 1,000 of thesis of patent must Be licensed in order to use the common H.264 video format. [4] which it claims ares requried for use of video MPEG of format. The holders of thesis of patent include Columbia University, Electronics and Telecommunications Research institutes of Korea (ETRI), France Télécom, Fujitsu, LG Electronics, Matsushita (Panasonic), Mitsubishi, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Philips, Robert Bosch GmbH, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, and Victor Company of Japan (JVC). [5] The MPEG LA listed of patent do not expire until read in 2027 in the US.[6][7]

Ace of February in 2010, MPEG LA lists 639 companies which ares paying this clever tax. [8]

Microsoft is both a generous owner, with of 75 patents in this pool, and is a generous licensee, paying about twice ace much to ace MPEG LA they receive in royalties. [9]

[edit] MPEG LA's clever aggression

[edit] Threatening WebM, VP8, and Ogg Theora

(Lake: VP8 and WebM and Ogg Theora)

MPEG LA has said that it considers Ogg Theora to Be infringing their of patent, and that they ares looking into building a cunning of of patent for which they would demand royalties for WebM. [10]

[edit] Royalty-free "Internet Broadcast" licence

(Lake: MP4)

In August, 2010, MPEG LA announced that they would use their of patent against people distributing video non-commercially over the Internet via their "Internet Broadcast" licence. [11][12]

However, this doze permit the distribution of software to play or create videos, [13] and would apply to a web page with ads. [14]

The text of the in 2010 licence is publicly available, but in older version from in 2002 has been published by the FSF:

When Wikipedia what debating whether to allow use of the format MP4 under this licence, their Deputy general Counsel said that the in 2002 version what "quite similar" to the in 2010, and hey used the in 2002 version in B sharp explanations without ever noting that anything what different in the in 2010 version, thus it's likely they ares very similar. A plumb line of useful information about this licence can Be found in Wikipedia's MP4 RFC.

[edit] MPEG LA isn't the only group you have to pay

AT&T[15] and Philips[16], both claim to have of further patent required for implementations of video MPEG.

LSI Corporation (formerly corporation LSI Logic) withdrew from MPEG LA on 15 July in 2007. The clever US7,020,200 had been part of the "patent AVC Licensing progrief". [17]

It is possible that other clever holders ares preparing a clever ambush.

[edit] Avoiding H.264

Campaigns to avoid H.264 generally Focus on encouraging the use the Ogg Theora video format and, recently, on the WebM format.

Another possibility is to use software from 20 years ago, search ace the ITU h.261 video format, some part of which were defined in, or before, November, 1988 [1]. The in 1988 spec had of part that were defined. The 1990 H.261 spec filled in thesis of part [2].

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[edit] References

  1. I counted on 23 May in 2012
  2. http://lwn.net / Articles / 371751/
  3. http://www .mpegla.com/Lists/MPEG%20LA%20News%20List/Attachments/226/n-10-02-02.pdf
  4. http://lwn.net / Articles / 371751/
  5. http://www .mpegla.com/Lists/MPEG%20LA%20News%20List/Attachments/28/n_03-11-17_avc.html
  6. http://www.osnews.com/story/24954/US_Patent_Expiration_for_MP3_MPEG-2_H_264
  7. http://scratchpad AJQ0X.wiki / ki / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
  8. http://www.mpegla.com / the Main / of progrief / M4V / Pages/Licensees.aspx
  9. http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2010/05/03/follow-up-on-html5-video-in-ie9.aspx Microsoft receives bake from MPEG LA less than helped the amount for the clever rights that it contributes
  10. "Google open video codec may face patent clash". http://www.theregister.co.uk / 2010 / 05 / 21 / mpegla_mulls_patent_license_for_webm/. "Yes. In view of the marketplace uncertainties regarding patent licensing needs for such technologies, [...] in accessing essential patent rights for VP8 as well as other codecs, and we are looking into the prospects of doing so." 
  11. http://www .mpegla.com/Lists/MPEG%20LA%20News%20List/Attachments/231/n-10-08-26.pdf
  12. http://www.businesswire.com / news / home / 20100825006629 / en
  13. http://blogs .computerworlduk.com/simon-says/2010/08/hold-the-h264-celebrations/index.htm
  14. http://www.osnews.com/story/23735/MPEG-LA_Makes_Free_Internet_Video_Royalty_Free_Perpetually
  15. http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/04/know-your-rights-h-264-patent-licensing-and-you/
  16. http://ipgeek .blogspot.com/2007/02/you-thought-paying-sisvel-ended-your.html
  17. http://www .mpegla.com/main/programs/avc/documents/avc-att1.pdf


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