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h.264 Shocking Commercial Use Restrictions Uncovered

by Naresh Sarwan on May 5, 2010

In this article, Eugenia Loli-Queru uncovers a little known fact regarding the license agreement for many professional cameras that support  h.264 or mpeg2 formats – you must pay royalties for commercial use.

“No, my friends. It’s not just a matter of just “picking Theora” to export a video to Youtube and be clear of any litigation. MPEG-LA’s trick runs way deeper! The [street-smart] people at MPEG-LA have made sure that from the moment we use a camera or camcorder to shoot an mpeg2 (e.g. HDV cams) or h.264 video (e.g. digicams, HD dSLRs, AVCHD cams), we owe them royalties, even if the final video distributed was not encoded using their codecs! Let me show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” [Read More]

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