Re: [rtcweb] H.261

Ron <ron@debian.org> Fri, 22 November 2013 23:31 UTC

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On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 04:01:13PM -0600, Adam Roach wrote:
> On 11/22/13 14:22, Daniel-Constantin Mierla wrote:
> >They plan to release the sources under BSD, but who wants to use
> >them directly, they have to deal with mpeg-la.
> 
> 
> Every time this kind of statement is made without also including "if
> they distribute more than 100,000 copies a year", it's a bald
> misrepresentation of the situation.
> 
> I'm not saying the 100,000-copy exemption is a silver bullet. But it
> sure does cut down the number of people who have to deal with
> MPEG-LA, and completely addresses the "what if I want to have a
> enterprise disk image?" question. And ignoring it to exaggerate your
> case doesn't do anyone any favors.

So to put this into perspective ...

If you wrote a piece of software, and made it Free (as in libre) and
it got picked up by one or more of the (even moderately popular) distros,
then you'd quite likely blow your 100,000 copy limit within just a few
days of mirror pushes.

Even before anyone may have actually used it at all.

And before you deal with the non-MPEG-LA patent holders.


Understating the degree to which this is a problem does nobody any
favours either.

  Ron