H.264 List of Shame: all the patent holders

The following organizations hold one or more patents in the H.264/AVC patent pool:

(Source: Wikipedia MPEG LA)

Apple Inc.
DAEWOO
Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
France Télécom, société anonyme
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Fujitsu Limited
Hitachi, Ltd.
Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
LG Electronics Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
NTT docomo
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
Panasonic Corporation
Robert Bosch GmbH GmbH
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Scientific-Atlanta Vancouver Company
Sedna Patent Services, LLC
Sharp Corporation
Siemens AG
Sony Corporation
Ericsson
The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
Toshiba Corporation
Victor Company of Japan, Limited

Further reading

Why Our Civilization’s Video Art and Culture is Threatened by the MPEG-LA

No, you can’t do that with H.264


Is H.264 a legal minefield for video pros?

Why this list…?

It’s a reminder for myself when it comes to spending money or investing in equipement. And yes, I like to share this list with everyone who cares about free artistic expression and who thinks that the moving image is too important and precious and should not be controlled by anyone and surely not by corporations or patent pools. (Software) patents are the cancer of this economy: they encourage greed, create monopolies, discourage innovation and as we are now seeing with the H.264 licensing fiasco they can seriously harm your video business, specially smaller ones.

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8 Responses to H.264 List of Shame: all the patent holders

  1. [...] of course is also an H.264 patent holder and was the only major player not willing to give some kind of official support to the free and [...]

  2. Luke says:

    Well if they don’t get you on patent law they will do you for copyright breech. I am sure you would not like to loose you rights as an artist. Better you rethink your stance on laws in general, heh?.

  3. vsworks says:

    We don’t have software patents in Europe and there a some chances the US will follow suit at some point in the future since the US software patent system is so badly broken and being abused by patent trolls.

    There will also be a copyright reform in Europe soon:
    http://www.osnews.com/story/24017/Commissioner_Kroes_Copyright_Reform_Needed

    As for my own work: I publish everything under a Creative Commons license using only music that either I or colleagues created that are not a member of an organisation like RIAA, GEMA etc.

    For video footage I either use my own work (incl. Blender 3D created clips) or footage from the Internet Archive where you can download old movies that are in the public domain.

    You have a variety of perfectly legal choice as an artist these days, no need to be afraid of Hollywood and big business!

    Also many dirty big business practices will be exposed in the months to come:

    http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2010/11/29/an-interview-with-wikileaks-julian-assange/

  4. [...] is of course also on the list of patent trolls that steal your and mine (not any more since I got rid of that camera) H.264 [...]

  5. [...] Bidens, the Steve Jobs and the Bill Gates of this world (and their patent troll Moloch organisation MPEG-LA that steals everyones h.264 video footage *), h.264 still being used in every Apple smart phone as [...]

  6. [...] Let them know that Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, Frauenhofer Institute and all those others h.264 patent holders are S-T-A-E-L-I-N-G everyone’s video footage using software patents (you do not own your own h.264 video footage, not even after transcoding to e.g. an open format: licensing fees for any “commercial” use will need to be paid to all those thieves hiding behind the acronym MPEG-LA). [...]

  7. [...] You do not own your own work with h.264. Never. It belongs to a patent pool behind which stand companies like Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and a some others. [...]

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