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Apple, Google, Microsoft and more are under investigation by the European Union

via:凤凰网     time:2022/7/8 9:00:36     readed:78

More or less every big tech company has been under investigation as the European Union has stepped up its regulation of big tech from 2023.

Eu antitrust regulators want to investigate Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Tencent, Netflix, Hulu and several other big tech companies over the Open Media Alliance's (AOM) video licensing policies, according to a new report.

IT Home understands that AOM (Alliance for Open Media) was established on September 1, 2015 with the goal of developing a free, patent-free image encoding format to replace h.264 and HEVC, which require patent licensing.

According to public sources, the Open Media Alliance is a non-profit organization that develops open image coding. Its goal is to develop a patent-free image coding format as a successor to VP9 image coding, replacing the patent-requiring HEVC image coding. Founded by Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix, the alliance aims to develop a new image encoding format under the BSD 2 license, Elements are taken from Daala, Thor, and VP10.

According to Reuters, EU regulators are not happy with the alliance because the EU wants to know if the companies are violating video licensing policies, and if and how that affects companies that don't join the alliance.

"The Commission has received information that AOM and its members may impose licensing terms (compulsory royalty-free cross-licensing) on innovators who were not PART of AOM at the time AV1 technology was created, but whose patents are considered key to [its] technical specifications," the document noted.

" The European Commission confirms that it is conducting a preliminary investigation into AOM's licensing policy. A spokesman for the European Commission told Reuters. "The fact that the Commission has conducted a preliminary investigation does not prejudge whether there has been an infringement as a result of the investigation," the spokesman said. He did not provide further details.

Apple, Google, Netflix, Broadcom, Cisco and Tencent have so far not responded to Reuters at the time of publication, while Meta and Amazon declined to comment.

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