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Multimedia Codecs are actually a boring topic, hardly anyone is interested in you, but practically everyone uses it daily. Whether when playing Videos in the Browser, or when Watching DVDs on the TV, or when Recording movies using a Digicam or a Camcorder. Always Multimedia Codecs such as H. 264/MPEG-4 AVC, or the free Codec Theora are in the game. The commitment to free Codecs, such as, for example, the interests of the General public, however, usually very little, some people ridiculed the efforts. As long as it costs nothing Videos on YouTube and co. or to Consider that everything is Set in Butter.

However, once you have accepted that you have to buy an expensive Canon EOS 5D SLR digital camera for about 2500 euros. Let’s say you created with this camera not only pictures, but also Videos (Yes, this is possible. Even in such good quality that for example. the last episode of the current season of Dr. House . We are not talking of cell phone Videos…) Assume you are advertising a filmmaker, artist, film Director… in good German, you created it with the camera for commercial work. Or suppose your let on YouTube just advertising in your fun and millions of Video show to benefit a bit from the Hype to the Video.

Now for the Quiz question: you Have to note anything in the use of the camera or the Videos produced? Clear, aperture, exposure time, focus… want to be noticed, but you have to check your ever thought about whether you are allowed to do with the camera what you want and you can? Do you have a look in the license provisions in the manual of the camera thrown in?

On OSNews.com recently a report was published in which someone has opened up the eyes. There the author quotes a Passage of the guide that allows you to Create Videos only for private use. Everything else does not cover the MPEG license. Anyone who works commercially with the camera, will have to hope that AT&T as the license holder permission to be implicitly granted, or, in fact, a licensing effort. For fun, I asked short in Canon, whether this is also true in Germany.

Dear Mr. Langner,

thank you for your inquiry in our Support.

Also in Germany, the following license terms and conditions of the right-holder’s AT&T apply for the use of the Mpeg4 Codecs:

“This product is licensed under AT&T patents for the MPEG-4 Standard and may be used for encryption of MPEG-4 compliant video and/or decoding MPEG-4 compliant Videos (that have been encrypted 1) privately and for non-commercial purposes, or (2) by a video provider licensed under the AT&T patents to provide MPEG-4 compatible Videos. For other purposes, shall be granted for the MPEG-4 Standard, no license, or implied granted.”

The licence condition refer to the instruction manual of the EOS 5D Mark II either on page 218 (first Version of the manual) or page 241 (manual from Firmware Version 2.0.0).

We would like to say, “Hey, this is a digital camera, get a decent Camcorder, the appropriate licenses are in!”. Like to but, let’s look at the 5000 Euro expensive HD Camcorder from the “Consumer”series of Canon. There you will find in the manual of the friendly Passage on page four…

ANY USE of THIS PRODUCT, EXCEPT FOR PERSONAL USE IS prohibited IN A MANNER THAT COMPLIES with THE MPEG-2 STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA, IN the scope of THE PATENTS in THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO MPEG LA LICENSE EXPLICITLY; SUCH A LICENSE IS AVAILABLE from MPEG LA, L. L. C., 250 STEELE STREET, SUITE 300, DENVER, COLORADO 80206, USA.

Previously sold/built-in devices for professionals, because you could be offered a more durable and high-quality goods or more functions, and thus sold at a higher price, or had to. Today, however, the aspect of “licensing.” With Home-device I can produce professional/commercial works.

All that’s missing is that I only hunt with a Hilti holes for money in a wall, because the licenses exclude the patents of the drums with cheap machines, commercial use. Brave new license – and-Software-patents-World (via ).