This CNet article explores the licensing issues involved behind Apple and MPEG LA.
Apple would not say whether it might be willing to pay more to spare the content distributors from having to pay a per-stream fee. In an interview, Frank Casanova, director of QuickTime product marketing at Apple, said that although MPEG-4 is the best codec for Apple's needs it is not the only one. However, he would not put a time frame on when Apple might abandon MPEG-4 if licensing terms could not be worked out
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