Huh? What are you talking about?
Posted Jul 7, 2009 3:51 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: Unfortunatelly this argument does not fly
Parent article: Ogg codecs dropped from HTML5
But your example misses the obvious detail that the companies
working on patent-free technologies (e.g. Xiph) are small, relatively low-
budget groups - even the Dirac project has been slow simply because it's a
very small part of the BBC and has about three developers over its
Miss? What miss? This is central part of my example:
wave smell of future royalties - and "big boys" will come and make
everything swiftly and effectively. Remove this smell - and development
takes years because only small groups of enthusiasts are doing it.
This is probably related to the fact that these groups don't
charge for licenses for using their products.
In reality, swift development is caused by large, well-funded
teams, not by patent licenses.
Sure, but patents are one way
to make large, well-funded team possible. Not the way to do, but
a way to do it. If it's the best way - that's the question.
Another counterexample: the CELT codec developed by Xiph.org is
an excellent low-latency codec that competes with the best high-latency
codecs in quality, and it was developed over two years by a very small
team. Its core mathematics is unpatentable as the main paper covering the
idea was written in 1975...
And that's it's probably why it
was not use in H.26x standards. Patents are two-edged sword, and that
is my point.
(We need to keep the balance, however, because it's easy to
argue that adoption is best served by a monopoly on who can create new
software, and that's just what Apple and Microsoft would be happy to
It's not easy at all. Sure, it's easy to push one new idea if you
have the monopoly, but then the temptation is high to stifle all other
ideas (again: think mobile phones and VoIP), so monopoly is not an answer.
I can not see how you can ever argue it's the best way: problems with
adoption of patented/copyrighted solutions are the monopoly (that's what
the patents and copyrights grant the creator). To try to fix this problem
of excessive monopolization by introduction of another monopoly is like the
advice to extinguish a fire with gasoline...
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