US Justice Department starts antitrust investigation of MPEG-LA

CNet, WSJ and others are reporting that the US DoJ has launched an antitrust investigation of industry cartel and patent troll, MPEG-LA.

The investigation apparently seeks to uncover whether the MPEG-LA is attempting to cripple competition, specifically VP8/WebM, by using vague patent threats to create "legal uncertainty over whether users might violate patents by employing that technology", as the WSJ puts it.

If this is true, it seems that the MPEG-LA will either have to put up or shut up, while at the same time risking an antitrust case against itself for its attempt at crippling competition, and free and open video on the web.

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