ご存知のとおりH.264はさまざまな製品でも採用される動画形式で、HTML5の時代ではネット動画の標準規格としての活躍も期待されています。しかしH.264については各社が特許を保有しているため、ネット動画配信については2015年中までライセンスフィー無料と宣言されていたものの、そのあとはどうなるのという不安が常につきまとっていました。今回の永久無料宣言はこの懸念を拭いさるもの。今後はFirefoxやOperaがH.264をスルーして採用したOgg Theoraや、Googleがぶちあげたオープン & フリーなwebMとデファクト・スタンダードの座を争うことになります。続きには原文プレスリリースを掲載。


MPEG LA's AVC License Will Not Charge Royalties for Internet Video that is Free to End Users through Life of License

(DENVER, CO, US – 26 August 2010) – MPEG LA announced today that its AVC Patent Portfolio License will continue not to charge royalties for Internet Video that is free to end users (known as "Internet Broadcast AVC Video") during the entire life of this License. MPEG LA previously announced it would not charge royalties for such video through December 31, 2015 (see, and today's announcement makes clear that royalties will continue not to be charged for such video beyond that time. Products and services other than Internet Broadcast AVC Video continue to be royalty-bearing.

MPEG LA's AVC Patent Portfolio License provides access to essential patent rights for the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard. In addition to Internet Broadcast AVC Video, MPEG LA's AVC Patent Portfolio License provides coverage for devices that decode and encode AVC video, AVC video sold to end users for a fee on a title or subscription basis and free television video services. AVC video is used in set-top boxes, media player and other personal computer software, mobile devices including telephones and mobile television receivers, Blu-ray Disc™ players and recorders, Blu-ray video optical discs, game machines, personal media player devices and still and video cameras.

For more information about MPEG LA's AVC License or to request a copy of the License, please visit .