Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Dozen claim MS codec patents

Amusing and perhaps a little ironic, this:
The MPEG LA has had 12 separate companies claiming that they have essential patents in the pool it is developing for the licensing of Microsoft?s video codec, dubbed VC 1 under the SMPTE standard (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers).

The fact that 12 separate companies, possibly more, will decide the fate of the technology has implications for if and how much Microsoft must charge for the codec.
This is the CODEC that MS has been pushing for HDTV and "next generation DVD" (HDDVD and BluRay). It will be interesting to see where this goes...

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