Re: legal status of faac, xvid
On Thu, 08 Sep 2005, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> The MPEG-LA claims to hold all the patents applicable to MPEG, and
> that all these patents are valid, but since it's impossible for them
> to know either of these things they are obviously lying.
They don't claim to do this at all. All they say is that they can
license this set of patents on behalf of the patent holders which they
feel are essential for MPEG-4, that they're trying to "provide
worldwide access to as much MPEG-4 Visual essential intellectual
property as possible; new Licensors and essential patents may be added
at no additional royalty during the current term"
Indeed, they don't even hold the patents *at all*.
> It's never been seriously tested in court.
What's to test? It's just method of licensing a slew of patents.
1: Or at the very least I've never seen this claim in any
communication; I haven't bothered to request a copy of the license
It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong
-- Chris Torek