If by "Corporate Blessed", you mean codecs like H.264, there's a very simple answer to that. Nokia and Apple pay licensing fees to a company called MPEG LA. MPEG LA indemnifies Nokia and Apple from patent lawsuits over the use of MPEG-related codecs. Should anyone come forward with a new patent, the MPEG LA will litigate the matter and/or come to an agreement with the patent holder to license the patent on behalf of their member companies.
<br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264#Patent_licensing">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264#Patent_licensing</a><br><br>Thanks,<br>Jerason Banes<br><br><div class="gmail_quote">On Dec 12, 2007 7:15 AM, Joseph Daniel Zukiger <
<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
What guarantees do Apple, Nokia, et. al. offer that<br>their corporate-blessed containers/formats/codecs are<br>free from threat for (ergo) the rest of us? Are they<br>willing to make binding agreements to go to bat for<br>
_us_ in court?</blockquote></div><br>