It wasn’t long ago that freetards got paranoid about H.264 video when they realized it was to be the default format supported by the HTML5 video tag. They claimed it wasn’t free and open enough and that could be abused.
Then along comes Google, the champion of freetards everywhere, who bought Motorola and in doing so, gained access to several H.264 patents. Did Google decide to “do no evil” with said patents? Of course not, they demanded royalties on an astronomical scale.
“Microsoft said Motorola wants that $22.50 royalty payment for just 50 standards-essential patents, yet a group of 29 companies that holds the other 2,300 patents related to H.264 is charging Microsoft just 2¢.”
“That’s right. Just 2¢ for use of more than 2,300 patents,” Heiner wrote. “(Windows qualifies for a nice volume discount, but no firm has to pay more than 20 cents per unit.) Motorola is demanding that Microsoft pay more than 1,000 times that for use of just 50 patents.”