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(External links: * [http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2008/7/18/232618/312 Patent Status of MPEG-1,H.261 and MPEG-2], 20 July 2008, by Josh Cogliati)
(A real case: H.261 video: That is to say, the "commercial advantage" of avoiding patent problems is big enough to partly justify using software from 20 years ago!)
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''A second alternative would be the reference, as a baseline, of older media compression standards, of which one can be reasonably sure that related patents are expired (or are close to expiration). One example for these codecs is ITU-T Rec. H.261, which (in its first version) was ratified in November 1988. While not competitive with today’s state of the art codecs, it’s in the author’s personal experience not that far in its performance from Ogg Theora [...] The disadvantage of this approach is clearly the use of technologies that are two decades old, but that may be at least partly offset by the commercial advantage.''<ref>http://www.w3.org/2007/08/video/positions/Nokia.pdf</ref><br />(emphasis added)
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A second alternative would be the reference, as a baseline, of older media compression standards, of which one can be reasonably sure that related patents are expired (or are close to expiration). One example for these codecs is ITU-T Rec. H.261, which (in its first version) was ratified in November 1988. While not competitive with today’s state of the art codecs, it’s in the author’s personal experience not that far in its performance from Ogg Theora [...] The disadvantage of this approach is clearly the use of technologies that are two decades old, but that may be at least partly offset by the commercial advantage.<ref>http://www.w3.org/2007/08/video/positions/Nokia.pdf</ref>
 
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That is to say, the "commercial advantage" of avoiding patent problems is big enough to partly justify using software from 20 years ago!
  
 
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Using software from 20 years ago is the only way to surely avoid software patents.

A real case: H.261 video

The situation regarding audio-video patents has gotten so bad that Nokia actually recommended that the w3c consider using a 1988 video format for the HTML5 standard. From a 2007 Nokia position paper:

A second alternative would be the reference, as a baseline, of older media compression standards, of which one can be reasonably sure that related patents are expired (or are close to expiration). One example for these codecs is ITU-T Rec. H.261, which (in its first version) was ratified in November 1988. While not competitive with today’s state of the art codecs, it’s in the author’s personal experience not that far in its performance from Ogg Theora [...] The disadvantage of this approach is clearly the use of technologies that are two decades old, but that may be at least partly offset by the commercial advantage.[1]

That is to say, the "commercial advantage" of avoiding patent problems is big enough to partly justify using software from 20 years ago!

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