Google and MPEGLA Announce Agreement; Google Proposes VP8 Codec to MPEG for Standardization

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Now that Google and patent license administrator MPEGLA have announced an agreement about the VP8 codec (press release here), questions will arise about next steps. A Google representative has already elaborated here to the Internet Engineering Task Force about Google’s proposal at the last MPEG meeting to standardize VP8 as an official MPEG standard: And… Read more »

Brazil Government Decides to Include Ginga Software Standard in Brazilian TVs

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The Brazil government has decided to include the Ginga software standard in Brazilian TVs, starting January 2013. The announcement and decree are translated below. Multiple news articles in Brazil have covered the run-up to this announcement (links below).  Ginga TV sets have been shipping for some time, but the official certification program is not yet… Read more »

Half of MPEG-2 Patents Expire in 2012

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The patents on substantial technologies of MPEG-2 will soon expire. More precisely, 50% of the MPEG-2 patent pool (134 US patents, including the 27 original 1996 MPEG-2 IPR Working Group’s patents) will expire by October 16, 2012.  The remainder dribble out for several years through various patent life-extension techniques (continuations, divisions, and patent term adjustments)…. Read more »

Royalty-Free MPEG Proposals Announced

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MPEG has announced it has received proposals for a royalty-free MPEG standard and has settled on a deliberation process to consider them. The press release is here; the underlying meeting resolution is here.  Relevant portions are copied below. A short analysis of the proposals is available at: MPEG Plus or Patent Pool Lite? MPEG Mulls… Read more »

MPEG envisages royalty-free MPEG video coding standard

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MPEG has issued a press release describing its intent to move forward on developing a royalty-free MPEG standard. The press release is here, relevant part is below.  The meeting resolution approving the press release is here. ************ UPDATE:  This press release was picked up in multiple articles, and most interestingly discussed in the Guardian blog… Read more »

It Is Time to Standardize a Royalty-Free Video Codec

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I’ve been saying for a while that the best way out of the Web video codec mess is formal standardization of a royalty-free video codec and that formal standards groups like MPEG and others should step up to the task. Of course, I mean a real, bona-fide standardization process, not a dubious rubber-stamping “ratification” nor… Read more »

MPEG Requests Comments, Further Evidence on Royalty-Free Standard

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MPEG has issued a request for comments and a call for further evidence on a royalty-free video codec standard under consideration. The request is contained in the  publicly available meeting resolutions of the October 2010 94th Meeting in Guangzhou, China. The request follows responses received at the October Guanghzou meeting to the previous August call… Read more »

MPEG Moves Forward With Royalty-Free Standard, Approves Call For Evidence

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MPEG has moved forward with a royalty-free standard activity, approving a “Call for Evidence”, the typical first step in the MPEG standardization process. The MPEG Call for Evidence is referenced in the public Resolutions of the just-completed 93rd MPEG meeting, which also hint at an upcoming Call For Proposals. The Call for Evidence follows the… Read more »

Problem or Opportunity? Steve Jobs on Standardizing Royalty Free Codecs

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As readers of this blog know, I am a long-time proponent of royalty-free standardization as the best option for open Web media, preferable to informal, vendor-run open-sourcing of undocumented or unreviewed Intellectual Property Rights. MPEG, an ISO working group (WG 11 of ISO/IEC JTC 1 / SC 29, to be precise), has been looking into… Read more »