back to article Cisco hands license-busting troll-hammer to THOR

Cisco is sick of the state of patent licensing for video codecs, so has decided to set a royalty-free of its own loose on the world. The Borg's problem is twofold: on the one hand, the licensing pools for H.264 fail to represent many of the participants in the industry; on the other, the successor, H.265, can be vastly more …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Took me a while to work out

    So Thor is meant to be an alternative to Theora?

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      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Took me a while to work out

        >>which are not knowingly patent encumbered. Why do we need another one?

        You answered your own question. The current group of free codecs, are not knowingly patent encumbered, because they haven't been given the once over by lawyers, because they usually can't afford any. The chances are, like many free softwares, they tend to use patented stuff, but until they become mainstream enough harm profits and get noticed by the lawyers for patentors, they continue in ignorant bliss.

  2. MacroRodent Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Preview of the The future of software development

    Sounds like will have more lawyers working on this, than engineers. A stellar example of how software patents advance the Progress of Useful Arts....

  3. Ray Foulkes

    See, software patents DO help innovation

    You have to be innovative to work around all the other patents! Somewhere, sometime, somebody might actually IMPROVE something whilst struggling to work around what already works.... simple innit?

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