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Submission + - Why Our Civilization's Video Art and Culture is Th (osnews.com)

jrepin writes: "Eugenia from OSNews writes: "We've all heard how the h.264 is rolled over on patents and royalties. Even with these facts, I kept supporting the best-performing "delivery" codec in the market, which is h.264. "Let the best win", I kept thinking. But it wasn't until very recently when I was made aware that the problem is way deeper. No, my friends. It's not just a matter of just "picking Theora" to export a video to Youtube and be clear of any litigation. MPEG-LA's trick runs way deeper!""
Media

Submission + - KDEnLive: Most Promising, But Not Quite There Yet

PostThis writes: KDEnLive, the actively developed KDE video editor, released a new version recently, and OSNews took it out for a spin. They found the editor very promising as it supported many formats, and it had pretty good usability compared to other Linux editors, but the application was also mighty unstable and with limitations.
Music

Submission + - Community and fan promotion for indie bands?

Posture writes: Most independent musicians like myself dislike the RIAA as much as anyone else, but truth is, the major labels behind the RIAA have the advantage of promoting their signed bands in ways that most indies can't do for themselves. I was glad to see an OSNews editor jumping into a new territory to promote her favorite local band: by shooting a music video clip for them. She even described the process. In this youtube/internet age, what other ways are there for the fans to promote indie artists and help them compete with major label artists more fairly?
Music

Submission + - Creative Commons Already Out of Touch?

PostThis writes: This article (which Magnatune's and Creative Commons' Board of Directors member John Buckman seems to agree with) explains that Creative Commons (CC) music is not all that suitable for videographers. Apparently, only about 5% of CC compositions (the ones licensed only under the "By" attribution clause) can be 'synched' with video without imposing license alterations to the actual video footage or its publishing rights on web sites (even if the video is non-commercial or also published under the CC "By" license). Are CC licenses bound for some changes in the future just to keep up with the YouTube times, or it will prove as inflexible and complex to change as copyright law has become?

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