[News] Patent Laws Are Broken, Google Can Fight MPEG-LA Patents

[News] Patent Laws Are Broken, Google Can Fight MPEG-LA Patents

Post by Roy Schest » Wed, 14 Apr 2010 21:54:07


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Economist Assumes That The Problem Is 'Thieves' Rather Than Bad Patent Laws

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| This is a problem that happens all too
| often in these discussions. Folks who don't
| know much about how innovation really
| occurs in the tech world, and who falsely
| conflate concepts in tangible property with
| a completely different government-granted
| monopoly right -- automatically assume that
| infringement is the equivalent of
| "stealing." Are there cases where big
| companies "copy" an idea from a small
| company? Yes, absolutely. But it's a lot
| more rare than many make it out to be. The
| really innovative ideas? Those are the ones
| that big companies don't even realize are
| big ideas until it's too late.
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http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100324/1059518696.shtml

Google to Open Source VP8?

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| There are patent concerns, but Google has a
| very good record on patents, so I am
| optimistic there.
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http://www.the-source.com/2010/04/google-to-open-source-vp8/

A Parting Gift From A Retiring Justice Stevens? [Bilski Predictions]

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| There are growing predictions from many
| authorities that Stevens might be the
| primary author of the Bilski patent case
| which has yet to be handed down.
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http://www.againstmonopoly.org/index.php?perm=593056000000002838

Stevens Retirement Ill-timed for Dems

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2010/04/09/stevens-retirement-ill-timed-for-dems/


Recent:

MPEG LA Extends H.264 Royalty-Free Period

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/02/03/1528242/MPEG-LA-Extends-H264-Royalty-Free-Period


H.264 for Internet video to be royalty free till 2016

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| The move will allow internet broadcasters,
| including YouTube and Vimeo, to continue
| providing H.264 encoded content.
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http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/H-264-for-Internet-video-to-be-royalty-free-till-2016-921828.html

No, you can do that with H.264

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| A lot of commercial software comes with
| H.264 encoders and decoders, and some
| computers arrive with this software
| preinstalled. This leads a lot of people to
| believe that they can legally view and
| create H.264 videos for whatever purpose
| they like. Unfortunately for them, it ain
| so.
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http://bemasc.net/wordpress/2010/02/02/no-you-cant-do-that-with-h264/


MPlayer Now Supports Most HD-DVD/Blu-Ray Codecs

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| This news is coming a few days late
| (MPlayer's web-site lacks any RSS or
| syndication support), but the latest
| MPlayer code in their SVN trunk now
| supports most HD-DVD and Blu-ray codecs.
| Earlier this year we talked about possible
| Blu-ray support for FFmpeg and developers
| becoming more interested after we
| interviewed the FFmpeg developers and there
| ended up being an outpouring of support by
| our readers offering up Blu-ray drives and
| other forms of help.
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzcwMQ


FFmpeg Gains VDPAU MPEG-4 ASP Acceleration

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| What we were in the process of writing
| about when we discovered MPlayer's support
| for most Blu-ray and HD-DVD codecs was that
| there is now support for MPEG-4 ASP
| decoding with VDPAU (NVIDIA's Video Decode
| and Presentation API for Unix) in the
| mainline FFmpeg tree.
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page