MPEG-4 Alternatives

Slashdot linked to this Salon article which discusses MPEG-LA's licensing terms and how this opens the market up to cheaper (though less powerful) technologies...

Somewhat encouraging is this quote:

"At the end of the day, MPEG-LA is in the business of marketing a license," says Larry Horn, vice president of licensing and business development MPEG-LA. "If this technology goes totally unused, the patent holders lose out. We have an incentive to get it right."

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