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MP3, MPEG-2, H.264 Patent Expires

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+Eternal Tempest    785

http://www.osnews.com/story/24954/US_Patent_Expiration_for_MP3_MPEG-2_H_264/

 

I see this as a good thing, no more royalties have to be paid.

This should remove the grey area when open source software / media players have the codex bundled in them.

 

Edit - I'm not against royalties, I do be believe patents need to exist to provide a ** limited ** time to give creator's reward for their invention. This prevent them from stop innovating, or dragging their feet, and if they don't their invention becomes public, so other can use it and innovate off of it.

 

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JustGeorge    1,658

Good for Linux Distros :)

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FloatingFatMan    18,277

Does that mean MS can get back to bundling DVD playback with Windows?

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Louisifer    732

I guess that would depend on the last contract they signed, with the effort invested into the current UWP app I doubt anyone could be bothered to hit the button to switch it from £12 to free. :laugh:

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