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MPEG-LA video codec to stay free for end users

ZDNet - The MPEG Licensing Authority patent pool has announced that its AVC portfolio licence will remain free indefinitely for video that is free to end users. The AVC portfolio licence covers the H.264 codec, a digital video coding standard used by technologies including YouTube and Vimeo. The MPEG Licensing Authority (MPEG-LA), which licenses the AVC portfolio, said in a press release on Thursday that video which is free to end users — known as Internet Broadcast AVC Video — would not require royalties.

...In May, Google announced a competing video format, WebM, which was both open source and royalty-free. Despite much speculation at the time that WebM's video coding standard, VP8, would infringe MPEG-LA's patent pool, there have been no formal claims to that effect.