> All the claims about a license being required in order to be "legally"
> allowed to use or even distribute H.264 decoding software are completely
> made up. Check the MPEG-LA licensing terms yourself:
> They only speak of selling products, not of using or distributing software.
Ah, this seems to be the source of your confusion.
MPEG-LA can sue anyone who's practicing the claims of their patents who doesn't have a license. If they don't offer a license that covers your usage, that's too bad for you.