Brussels / 1 & 2 February 2014


Tom Callaway

Recently, Cisco released a software component for H264 video support under the BSD license. This would normally be considered Free Software, except for the fact that this standard is considered to be patented (where software patents apply). They are covering the MPEG LA licensing fees, but only for pre-built binaries, not for the corresponding source. I will discuss this issue, and why the resulting software is not only non-free, but does not solve any issues for distributors with a focus on Freedom (such as Fedora).


Title Day Room Track Start End
Patents, Free Software & Standards (Oh My!) Saturday H.2213 Legal and policy issues 15:30 15:55
Open Source Governance best practices roundtable
Query panelists for their best ideas on Open Source Governance
Saturday H.2213 Legal and policy issues 18:00 18:50