[theora] gratuit mpeg-4 content stream licensing

Ralph Giles zen6669 at zen.co.uk
Wed Jul 17 08:00:26 PDT 2002

Obviously not official, but I came across the following article about 
Apple's release of QuickTime 6. http://news.com.com/2100-1023-943990.html

To wit:
>  "We've made a lot of progress as an industry working with MPEG LA, 
> moving them considerably from where they were six months ago," said 
> Frank Casanova, Apple's director of QuickTime product marketing. 
> "They're primed to release a set of terms that the industry would find 
> more reasonable."
> ...
>  "If you don't charge for your content, you don't pay anything at all," 
> he said. "Therefore, MPEG-4 streaming will largely be free. It's just 
> those companies that have a pay-per-view model built into their 
> business model that would actually have to talk to MPEG LA."

So it looks like people may actually start using it. I think this is 
overall a good thing: better than the proprietary codecs 'everyone' uses 
now. However, it does reduce adoption pressure for theora back to vorbis 

The article doesn't mention codec license fees, which presumedly still 


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