buying a specification is hard; en.swpat.org pages
Posted Jan 25, 2010 18:53 UTC (Mon) by coriordan
In reply to: Blizzard: HTML5 video and H.264 - what history tells us and why we're standing with the web
Parent article: Blizzard: HTML5 video and H.264 - what history tells us and why we're standing with the web
Two aspects make it hard for any wealthy friend to buy freedom for us:
- If you pay off the 22 companies that are currently claiming a share of the MPEG-LA royalties, you still don't have certainty that other companies won't demand royalties.
- There's the format, and there're related features. If a friend buys the patents needed for the format, we might still find that as soon as we develop it a bit, we walk straight into more minefields.
I've gathered some documentation about this and other topics on the swpat.org documentation wiki. It's publicly editable, help very welcome:
Harm to standards.
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