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In layman's terms, MPEG-LA is a conspiracy of companies with patent monopolies on ideas associated with compression of video and audio. MPEG-LA covers more than just that, but originally it was used as a central point for patent holders who wish to tax anyone out there playing videos and music. By creating a "standard" out of patent-encumbered formats, MPEG-LA managed to create a thicket standing in the way of access to people's personal video and audio recordings. Standards bodies are mere tools in this battle of Trojan horse tactics, where MPEG-LA members such as Microsoft and Apple elbow their competitors by imposing costs (e.g. on GNU/Linux) and also threatening to sue counterparts such as Ogg and WebM. <em>Techrights</em> has covered the subject quite a lot over the years and this page brings together some of the posts more relevant and more recent (2010 onwards) on the subject.
In layman's terms, MPEG-LA is a conspiracy of companies with patent monopolies on ideas associated with compression of video and audio. MPEG-LA covers more than just that, but originally it was used as a central point for patent holders who wish to tax anyone out there playing videos and music. By creating a "standard" out of patent-encumbered formats, MPEG-LA managed to create a thicket standing in the way of access to people's personal video and audio recordings. Standards bodies are mere tools in this battle of Trojan horse tactics, where MPEG-LA members such as Microsoft and Apple elbow their competitors by imposing costs (e.g. on GNU/Linux) and also threatening to sue counterparts such as Ogg and WebM. <em>Techrights</em> has covered the subject quite a lot over the years and this page brings together some of the posts more relevant and more recent (2010 onwards) on the subject.
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/04/26/mpeg-lala-land-as-patent-troll/ MPEG-LA’s CEO Larry Horn and Bellow Bellows Are Patent Trolls]
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/06/20/xiph-vs-mpeg-cartel/ Ogg Backer Strikes Back Against the MPEG-LA Cartel]
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/02/21/favouring-mpegla-microsoft/ One Last Sellout From Novell (MPEG-LA, Microsoft Patent Traps)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/03/13/monopoly-w-patent-under-attack_es/ ES: BSA (Frente de Microsoft), MPEG Cartel (Con el respaldo de Microsoft y Apple), y la Fundación Gates, Bajo Escrutinio por su Juego de Patentes]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/26/patent-trolls-exploit-cams/ Patent Troll (MPEG-LA) May Own Your Personal/Family Videos]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/26/mpeg-cartel-and-microsoft-backlash/ Microsoft and MPEG-LA Called “Patent Trolls”, Antitrust Complaint Filed]
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/03/07/monopoly-with-patent-under-attack/ BSA (Microsoft Front), MPEG Cartel (Backed by Microsoft and Apple), and Gates Foundation Under Scrutiny for Patent Play]
* [http://techrights.org/2011/03/07/monopoly-with-patent-under-attack/ BSA (Microsoft Front), MPEG Cartel (Backed by Microsoft and Apple), and Gates Foundation Under Scrutiny for Patent Play]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/06/07/mpeg-la-and-dot-net-trap/ Simon Phipps: “MPEG-LA is a Parasite Using Standards Bodies as Its Host, Whether They Want it or Not.” (and a Rant About Banshee/Mono)]
 
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/08/28/mozilla-vs-mpegla-trolls/ Mozilla Avoids MPEG-LA’s Latest Poison Pill and Rejects Patents Just Like Samba Does]
 
* [http://techrights.org/2011/03/04/federal-government-vs-mpeg-la/ US Justice Department Takes on the MPEG Cartel as IBM Distances Itself From Cartel Defenders]
* [http://techrights.org/2011/03/04/federal-government-vs-mpeg-la/ US Justice Department Takes on the MPEG Cartel as IBM Distances Itself From Cartel Defenders]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/06/25/ffii-et-al-re-eu-and-nz/ Patents Roundup: EU Patent Deform, MPEG-LA, OIN, New Zealand, and Patent Trolls]
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/02/21/favouring-mpegla-microsoft/ One Last Sellout From Novell (MPEG-LA, Microsoft Patent Traps)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/03/18/microsoft-threatens-with-fud-mpeg4/ Microsoft Brings MPEG-LA-LA Land to the Web and Threatens GNU/Linux With Software Patent Lawsuits]
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/02/13/harassing-google-with-swpats/ Scaremongering Against Google — Not Technical Advantage — the Strategy of MPEG-LA and Microsoft]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/08/26/mpeg-la-trick/ MPEG-LA Offers ‘Free’ Drugs (Read the Fine Print)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/02/11/making-multimedia-nonfree/ Lobbyists From Microsoft, Apple, and Nokia Are Backing Potential Patent Lawsuit Against Google/WebM]
* [http://techrights.org/2011/02/11/making-multimedia-nonfree/ Lobbyists From Microsoft, Apple, and Nokia Are Backing Potential Patent Lawsuit Against Google/WebM]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/27/mpeg-cartel-bluff/ Alexandre Oliva Explains Why the Patent Troll Larry Horn (MPEG Cartel) is Bluffing]
 
* [http://techrights.org/2010/10/28/swpats-vs-android-zero-cost/ MPEG-LA Codecs and Microsoft Racketeering Challenge the Redistributability of Linux]
* [http://techrights.org/2010/10/28/swpats-vs-android-zero-cost/ MPEG-LA Codecs and Microsoft Racketeering Challenge the Redistributability of Linux]
* [http://techrights.org/2010/09/01/msft-florian-promoting-swpats-rand/ Microsoft Florian Promotes MPEG-LA at the Expense of Free Software, Defends Intellectual Monopolies Too]
* [http://techrights.org/2010/09/01/msft-florian-promoting-swpats-rand/ Microsoft Florian Promotes MPEG-LA at the Expense of Free Software, Defends Intellectual Monopolies Too]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/05/canonical-h-264-licence/ Apple and Microsoft a Threat to Culture (Data), Not Just Software (Tools)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/08/28/mozilla-vs-mpegla-trolls/ Mozilla Avoids MPEG-LA’s Latest Poison Pill and Rejects Patents Just Like Samba Does]
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/02/13/harassing-google-with-swpats/ Scaremongering Against Google — Not Technical Advantage — the Strategy of MPEG-LA and Microsoft]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/08/26/mpeg-la-trick/ MPEG-LA Offers ‘Free’ Drugs (Read the Fine Print)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/03/13/monopoly-w-patent-under-attack_es/ ES: BSA (Frente de Microsoft), MPEG Cartel (Con el respaldo de Microsoft y Apple), y la Fundación Gates, Bajo Escrutinio por su Juego de Patentes]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/06/25/ffii-et-al-re-eu-and-nz/ Patents Roundup: EU Patent Deform, MPEG-LA, OIN, New Zealand, and Patent Trolls]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/06/07/mpeg-la-and-dot-net-trap/ Simon Phipps: “MPEG-LA is a Parasite Using Standards Bodies as Its Host, Whether They Want it or Not.” (and a Rant About Banshee/Mono)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/29/chris-dibona-on-webm-osi/ Google to Make WebM GPL Compatible — Claim]
* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/28/mpeg-cartel-gives-jobs/ “We’re in the Era of Digital Video, and It’s a Mess,” –Steve Jobs, MPEG-LA Proponent/Lobbyist]
* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/28/mpeg-cartel-gives-jobs/ “We’re in the Era of Digital Video, and It’s a Mess,” –Steve Jobs, MPEG-LA Proponent/Lobbyist]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/27/mpeg-cartel-bluff/ Alexandre Oliva Explains Why the Patent Troll Larry Horn (MPEG Cartel) is Bluffing]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/26/patent-trolls-exploit-cams/ Patent Troll (MPEG-LA) May Own Your Personal/Family Videos]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/26/mpeg-cartel-and-microsoft-backlash/ Microsoft and MPEG-LA Called “Patent Trolls”, Antitrust Complaint Filed]
* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/07/canonical-disclosure-h264-video/ Canonical Needs to Tell Ubuntu Users How Much It Paid MPEG-LA for Patent ‘Protection’]
* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/07/canonical-disclosure-h264-video/ Canonical Needs to Tell Ubuntu Users How Much It Paid MPEG-LA for Patent ‘Protection’]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/29/chris-dibona-on-webm-osi/ Google to Make WebM GPL Compatible — Claim]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/05/05/canonical-h-264-licence/ Apple and Microsoft a Threat to Culture (Data), Not Just Software (Tools)]
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* [http://techrights.org/2011/06/20/xiph-vs-mpeg-cartel/ Ogg Backer Strikes Back Against the MPEG-LA Cartel]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/04/26/mpeg-lala-land-as-patent-troll/ MPEG-LA’s CEO Larry Horn and Bellow Bellows Are Patent Trolls]
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* [http://techrights.org/2010/03/18/microsoft-threatens-with-fud-mpeg4/ Microsoft Brings MPEG-LA-LA Land to the Web and Threatens GNU/Linux With Software Patent Lawsuits]

Revision as of 16:34, 14 December 2012

In layman's terms, MPEG-LA is a conspiracy of companies with patent monopolies on ideas associated with compression of video and audio. MPEG-LA covers more than just that, but originally it was used as a central point for patent holders who wish to tax anyone out there playing videos and music. By creating a "standard" out of patent-encumbered formats, MPEG-LA managed to create a thicket standing in the way of access to people's personal video and audio recordings. Standards bodies are mere tools in this battle of Trojan horse tactics, where MPEG-LA members such as Microsoft and Apple elbow their competitors by imposing costs (e.g. on GNU/Linux) and also threatening to sue counterparts such as Ogg and WebM. Techrights has covered the subject quite a lot over the years and this page brings together some of the posts more relevant and more recent (2010 onwards) on the subject.

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