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Google delists Opensource Project under DCMA pressure

Search Engine Google has bowed to a complaint by the president and CEO of Corecodec, Dan Marlin, who accused Google of supporting a project that reversed engineered Corecodec's product without permission.

A Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint was sent to Google after it led an open source movement to create patches for Corecodec's CoreAVC which is one of the fastest codecs on the market for decoding MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video format, to run on the Linux platform.

Although Google did not actually help other than in providing hosting for the application, this case is particularly interesting as the CoreAVC project for Linux doesn't contain any code from Corecodec.

The main motivation behind it being the fact that there's no current Linux version which could run with Linux video applications like Mplayer

Dan Marlin has already said that the company would soon offer a Linux version (and hopefully a Mac one) for a small fee - Corecodec's codec price start at less than £4, cheaper than a bottle of wine.

(edit : it seems that the complaint was actually brought forward by a member of their legal team and has already apologised for taking the project down; Corecodec has also said that it would be working on bringing a Linux version to the market soon by collaborating with the lead programmer of the CoreAVC for Linux Project).

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