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  • Joly MacFie 3:45 pm on 03/09/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    DoJ investigating MPEG-LA attack on VP8/WebM open codecs #free culture #patents 

    On Mar 4 2011 Thomas Catan of the Wall Street Journal reported – Web Video Rivalry Sparks U.S. Probe – that the US Department of Justice is investigating the MPEG-LA patent pool over its efforts to hobble WebM, which competes with its h264 video format.

    From the story

    At present, no patent royalties are charged for using Google’s VP8 format. But MPEG LA has questioned that status, and last month issued a call for companies to submit patents they believe may be infringed by VP8. “I can tell you: VP8 is not patent-free,” Mr. Horn said. “It’s simply nonsense.”

    For some people in the tech industry, the issue is less about cost and more about competition and control over technologies at the heart of the Internet. “How could it come to pass that it’s illegal to compete?” asked Monty Montgomery, who runs a free software foundation, XIPH.org, and supports VP8. “That’s when everybody’s antitrust bells should be going off.”

    The threat of future lawsuits has helped persuade some companies to forsake VP8. Apple’s chief executive, Steve Jobs, explained in an email to the Free Software Foundation Europe last year that a patent pool was assembled to “go after” a previous open-source format.

    “All video codecs are covered by patents,” Mr. Jobs wrote. “Unfortunately, just because something is open-source, it doesn’t mean or guarantee that it doesn’t infringe on others patents.”

     
  • Joly MacFie 2:56 am on 09/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    MemeFactory at FIT – Sat Oct 2 – 9-11pm #OVC 

    As the capstone event to the second Open Video Conference this weekend there will be a MemeFactory presentation at the Fashion Institute of Technology – a follow-up to last year’s very successful event at NYU (video below). Promised: “iPhone controlled laptops, TCP/IP coordinated Keynotes, live-tweeted attribution, HTML 5 supported streaming simulcast, and MORE FUNNY, EMBARRASSING, AND CONFUSING VIDEOS THAN YOU HAVE EVER SEEN IN ONE PLACE BEFORE IN YOUR LIFE.”

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  • Joly MacFie 8:31 pm on 08/23/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Demo of Popcorn – Mozilla’s new javascript open video library #html5 

    WebMadeMovies is a new Mozilla project to bring scripting to the html5 movie tag. This demo brings in multiple data feeds from the APIs of Google News, Wikipedia, Twitter, and flickr. It also provides automatic machine translation from Google Translate, and attribution data from Creative Commons. More info in the video below.

     
  • Joly MacFie 11:07 am on 08/02/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Open Video Conference, October 1-2 in NYC – early bird registration ends Aug 4 

    Open Video Conference

    This October 1 & 2, Open Video Alliance will present the second annual Open Video Conference in New York City. While the OVA focuses on creating and promoting free and open technologies, policies, and practices in online video, the conference embodies the important need for discussion which transcends online video and grapples with the larger questions of mass media, participatory culture, and the state of freedom and openness online.

    Last year’s conference featured talks by thinkers and activists like Jonathan Zittrain, Yochai Benkler, Josh Silver of Free Press, Mark Surman of Mozilla, and legendary hacker DVD Jon—as well as artists and filmmakers like Eyebeam, Eclectic Method, and Ted Hope.

    This year’s line up is set to be just as diverse, stimulating, and informative, featuring speakers like telecommunications scholar Tim Wu (who first coined the term “net neutrality”), former Obama adviser Susan Crawford, cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch, and lead singer/guitarist Damian Kulash of the band OK Go.

    OVC is two days of talks, workshops, panels, and film screenings on technology, business, law, education, and the future of storytelling.
    Register (Early bird discount extended through Wednesday, August 4th)

     
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