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InfoWorld: The BBC Seeks Escape from Patent Minefield

Jul 13, 2005, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"It seems like everywhere you look, open standards and open formats are becoming the preferred means of delivering digital documents. XML, for one, is now the darling of the enterprise: Even Microsoft has committed to an open XML format for its upcoming Office 12 suite. But whereas static, printable document formats become more and more universally open, the picture isn't so rosy for multimedia.

"The BBC wants to change that. Supported by public funds, the BBC is committed to providing free and open access to audio and video media to a wide audience. But even for the largest broadcast media organization in the United Kingdom, breaking the grip of proprietary digital media standards isn't going to be easy..."

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