Who owns your data?
Posted May 10, 2012 3:40 UTC (Thu) by rgmoore
Parent article: Who owns your data?
Multimedia seems to be at least a minor exception to this. Most of the important formats were created by industry consortia, so they're fairly well documented and widely available. That also limits the extent to which companies can tamper with the formats in an attempt at user control, since they have to retain compatibility with well established standards. The biggest exception I can think of are the huge range of proprietary raw image formats created by digital camera companies, and even there we have projects like dcraw that have effectively documented the formats in the form of functioning decoding code.
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