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Posted Mar 19, 2012 19:13 UTC (Mon) by gmaxwell (subscriber, #30048)
They already raised the annual cap from $5m to $6.5m/yr in the last licensing update. The per-unit fees are subject to a 10% increase per-cycle limit, but the annual caps are not... and the annual caps are what matter to the major parties that really drive compatibility requirements. This will be doubly effective with many of the major hardware vendors being H.265 licensors and all of them eager to keep the users on the hardware upgrade hamster wheel.
MPEG-LA will also continue to add patents to the pool in order to extend the its life. This has been seen with MPEG2— it originally had ~27 patents and now has almost a thousand (and more than 130 US patents, so the increase isn't just from catching international variants). We'll see the same with H.264/AVC, in fact, last year they added three recently granted patents to the essential patent list from just Apple alone.
We've also got room for a good two full codec generations before the current AVC pool begins to expire in earnest.
Posted Mar 19, 2012 20:13 UTC (Mon) by shmerl (guest, #65921)
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