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Alexandre Oliva Explains Why the Patent Troll Larry Horn (MPEG Cartel) is Bluffing

Alexandre Oliva
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Summary: One possible explanation of why preparatory statements are intended to just cause fear and uncertainty

MR. Alexandre Oliva writes: "here's how I know MPEG-LA is bluffing with its FUD against WebM"

Even just before Google released VP8 and WebM as Free Software, MPEG-LA and likely partners started rattling their (dark)light sabers threatening to assemble a patent pool to collect royalties from WebM users, just like they do with MPEG and H.264. Please bear with me while I show why it's nothing but a bluff to scare businesses and people away from the multimedia format that will displace the MPEG-LA golden-egg layer. Unless their FUD campaign succeeds, that is.

It can be taken as a given that MPEG-LA or other patent trolls will attempt to collect royalties from any multimedia formats. What got my attention was a combination of the fanfare, the timing and the wording of the press announcements.

Smart patent trolls don't scare people away from technology covered by their patents...


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