Again: why are you so sure?
Posted Jul 7, 2009 1:06 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: Are you sure?
Parent article: Ogg codecs dropped from HTML5
If software patents were not available, those wanting to bring
digital video the market would do it just the same. Their implementations
would be copyrighted, which would give them decent market advantage. If
their implementation was constantly improved, this would keep their market
advantage for a while.
Why are you so sure this is the only outcome? There are another,
simpler and cleaner solution: introduce some analog component. You can do
a lot of transformations using less transistors in their analog mode
for cheap. Sure, the quality may suffer, but this implementation is clearly
patentable (it's physical thing like radio, right), so why not?
Industry was at crossroads back then. Before that all processing was in
analog. Industry wanted to switch to digital - but they wanted the same
form of protection they had in "real" world! You assume that without that
protection switch was unavoidable too - perhaps but it can be pushed back
for many-many years (think mobile and VoIP). Will it be better outcome? I'm
not so sure...
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