Monday, June 21, 2010

MPEG LA seems to Think that Nero needs to Pay H.264 License Fees for "free trials" - What? MPEG LA is a Corrupt Monopoly.

"It seems to be primarily about the MPEG-LA deciding that Nero needs to pay H.264 License fees for "free trial" copies"

""Nero's complaint against the MPEG-LA is interesting. It seems to be primarily about the MPEG-LA deciding that Nero needs to pay H.264 license fees for "free trial" copies ... an interesting case study of the risks of murky license agreements. But there's a side antitrust issue.

They dug up a Department of Justice memo that OK'ed the formation of the MPEG-LA on the condition that the patents in the MPEG-2 pool were limited to "essential" ones by having an independent expert verify that the patents were essential.

The MPEG-LA chose as the independent expert their own co-founder and general counsel. Oops! Also, after telling the DoJ that 27 patents constituted "most" of the essential patents in the MPEG-2 pool, they proceeded to add 800 more. (The H.264 pool has even more.)""

Source of Post
http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/roc/archives/2010/05/nero_vs_mpegla.html