MPEG-4 Audio Licensing Committee Selects Via Licensing Corporation as Administrator; MPEG-4 Audio Licensing Committee Finalizing Terms for Audio Profile Licensing.
Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 2, 2002
Members of the MPEG-4 Audio Licensing Committee have announced the selection of Via Licensing Corporation as the Licensing Administrator for the MPEG-4 Audio patent pool. This development will hasten the availability of standard licensing agreements for patents essential to MPEG-4 Audio technologies.
MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) An ISO/ITU standard for compressing digital video. Pronounced "em-peg," it is the universal standard for digital terrestrial, cable and satellite TV, DVDs and digital video recorders (DVRs). Audio technologies are familiar to users around the world. MPEG-1 Layer 3, otherwise known as MP3, provides an excellent example of the value of an open and interoperable standard in the creation of new applications and markets.
The most recent MPEG standard, MPEG-4, doesn't define a single audio coding scheme, but rather a rich set of technologies addressing a range of different applications and covering a spectrum of bit-rate, scalability, and audio quality requirements. The goal of the MPEG-4 Audio Licensing Committee is to provide one-stop access to patents from multiple parties that are necessary for the practice of MPEG-4 Audio under fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory conditions.
The MPEG-4 Audio standard is organized so that various audio tools, or coding approaches, are assembled into Audio Objects that are further combined into multiple MPEG-4 Audio Profiles. The work of the MPEG-4 Audio Licensing Committee was initiated by the MPEG-4 Industry Forum (M4IF M4IF MPEG 4 Industry Forum
M4IF Mpeg4 Industry Forum ) with a request that patent holders develop licensing terms for three MPEG-4 Audio Profiles: the High Quality Audio Profile, the Speech Audio Profile, and the Mobile Audio Internetworking ("MAUI") Profile.
In addition to these three profiles, members of the Licensing Committee are working with Via Licensing Corporation to create essential patent license agreements for those Audio Objects that are of interest to the market on a stand-alone basis.
According to Ramzi Haidamus, general manager, Via Licensing Corporation, "The MPEG-4 Audio standard is quite complex and still evolving today. Numerous industries look to MPEG for fundamental media technologies, and our aim is to provide access to the technology in those combinations that are sought by its users. As the standard evolves and the market's understanding of the technology matures, Via Licensing will remain responsive to the needs of both licensees and licensors in developing patent license packages that make business sense."
The specific technologies comprising the MPEG-4 Audio Profiles to be covered by the initial licenses are:
-- Speech Audio Profile--CELP, HVXC, TTSI -- High Quality Audio Profile--AAC LC, AAC LTP, AAC Scalable, CELP, ER AAC LC, ER AAC LTP, ER AAC Scalable, ER CELP -- Mobile Audio Internetworking Profile--ER AAC LC, ER AAC Scalable, ER TwinVQ, ER BSAC, ER AAC LD
Member companies of the MPEG-4 Audio Licensing Committee own essential patents in these MPEG-4 Audio Profiles. The members include AT&T; Dolby Laboratories; Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI ETRI Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute (Korea)
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ETRI Electronics Telecommunication Research Inc. ); France Telecom; Fraunhofer IIS (Internet Information Services) Microsoft's Web server. IIS runs under the server versions of Windows, adding HTTP server capability to the Windows operating system. ; Fujitsu Limited; NEC (NEC Corporation, Tokyo, www.nec.com, www.necus.com) An electronics conglomerate known in the U.S. for its monitors. In Japan, it had the lion's share of the PC market until the late 1990s (see PC 98).
NEC was founded in Tokyo in 1899 as Nippon Electric Company, Ltd. Corporation; Nokia Corporation; Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (日本電信電話株式会社 Corporation (NTT NTT Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
NTT New Technology Telescope
NTT National Technology Transfer, Inc
NTT Name That Tune (TV game show)
NTT National Tree Trust
NTT Number Theoretic Transform ); Philips Electronics; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Sony Corporation; and VoiceAge Corporation. These companies have been meeting over the course of the past year in order to develop licensing models and terms and conditions for access to essential MPEG-4 Audio patent rights.
The Licensing Committee expects to deliver MPEG-4 Audio Profile license agreements in the first quarter of 2003.
For more information about MPEG-4 Audio, please visit the Via Licensing Corporation website at www.vialicensing.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About MPEG-4 Audio
The MPEG-4 Audio standard consists of a variety of audio coding technologies ranging from speech coding (HVXC HVXC Harmonic Vector Excitation Coding , CELP (Code Excited Linear Predictive) A speech compression method that achieves high compression ratios along with toll quality audio. LD-CELP (Low-Delay CELP) provides near toll quality audio by using a smaller sample size that is processed faster, resulting in ), general audio coding (AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) An audio compression technology that is part of the MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standards. AAC, especially MPEG-4 AAC, provides greater compression and better sound quality than MP3, which also came out of the MPEG standard. , TwinVQ, BSAC BSAC British Sub-Aqua Club
BSAC British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
BSAC British South Africa Company (founded by Cecil John Rhodes for the colonisation of Northern and Southern Rhodesia)
BSAC Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center ), a Text-To-Speech Interface (TTSI TTSI Trail Termination Source Identifier
TTSI Text to Speech Interface
TTSI Tandem Telecommunication Systems Inc.
TTSI Taxpayer Treatment Service Improvement ), and numerous additional audio synthesis and coding techniques. MPEG-4 Audio Profiles define combinations of these audio tools aimed at particular application targets. Further information about MPEG-4 can be found at the MPEG website, mpeg.telecomitalialab.com, and at the website of the MPEG-4 Industry Forum, www.m4if.org.
About Via Licensing Corporation
Via Licensing Corporation, a subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, develops and administers patent licensing programs or patent pools on behalf of innovative technology companies. Though functionally independent of Dolby's other operations, Via Licensing benefits from the technical expertise and strategic business relationships that Dolby has developed in more than 30 years of licensing into the consumer electronics and personal computing markets. Based in San Francisco, with its offices located at 999 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, Via Licensing's staff includes experts in intellectual property law, technology standardization, strategic business development, and program administration. Affiliated specialists in the fields of finance, antitrust law antitrust law
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