HAL must die!

Da Rock freebsd-questions at herveybayaustralia.com.au
Thu Mar 17 00:59:49 UTC 2011

On 03/17/11 04:38, David Brodbeck wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 11:09 AM, Chad Perrin<perrin at apotheon.com>  wrote:
>> It's certainly true that video is a bit of a "sticky widget" with regard
>> to open standards.  The moment someone develops something that is
>> verifiably free of patent encumbrances for video and doesn't just *suck*,
>> I expect that either it will achieve escape velocity in mere moments to
>> become the most widely deployed type of video in the world, or the guy
>> who created it will die under mysterious circumstances and his heirs will
>> somehow arrange to dummy up a patent application in his name with the
>> help of whoever's going to buy the patent from those heirs.
> The problem is it'd have to be someone who's unemployed. ;)  Any
> software company is going to want to patent something that valuable;
> they'd be failing their shareholders if they didn't.
Except a private company.
> We may just have to wait for the patents to expire on some older but
> still viable codecs, much like eventually happened with GIF.
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