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 »

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 »

Google Blinks, Supports Standardizing WebM

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Last night Google appears to have ended its silence about its willingness to standardize VP8 and WebM. Cnet has updated a news article, “Mozilla trying to build VP8 into HTML5 video“, with Google’s response: “We’re excited by the community’s response to the WebM project, and we support efforts to standardize the technology,” Google said in… Read more »

Google’s VP8 Patent Problem (It’s Even Bigger Than You Think)

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Last week I encouraged Google to rethink their VP8 open sourcing patent strategy and “do the right open standards thing — join and contribute to responsible standards groups that are working to solve the royalty-free open standards need.” The blog was picked up in Simon Phipps’ ComputerWorld blog, ZDNet, The Register, LWN and elsewhere. At… Read more »

How Google’s Open Sourcing of VP8 Harms the Open Web

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Much of the initial commentary on Google’s open sourcing of the VP8 codec it acquired in purchasing On2 has breathlessly, and uncritically, centered on the purported game-changing impact of the move. But unfortunately, these commentaries miss an essential point that Google has studiously avoided mentioning the need to standardize royalty free codecs (not just release… Read more »

MPEG Issues Resolution on Type-1 (Royalty-Free) Standardization

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MPEG — Working Group 11 of  ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29 — has issued a resolution seeking active participation in developing a Type-1 (royalty-free) video coding standard. “Given that there is a desire for using royalty free video coding technologies for some applications such as video distribution over the Internet, MPEG wishes to enquire of National… Read more »