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Use software and functionality from 20 years ago

Revision as of 06:04, 18 March 2010 by Ciaran (talk | contribs) (A real case: MPEG-1 video: remove bold highlighting)

Using software from 20 years ago is the only way to surely avoid software patents.

A real case: MPEG-1 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 [...] 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]
(emphasis added)

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