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China Pushes Rival Audio-Visual Compression Technologies

Law360 (October 8, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- China's electronics industry is pushing an alternative compression technology to avoid royalty payments for DVD players, cell phones and other products, Electronic Buyers' News reported Monday.

The move could eat into the revenues of foreign licensing agencies, including MPEG LA, a consortium of patent holders such as Apple Computer and Sun Microsystems, according to Electronic Buyers' News. Chinese manufacturers and consumers could save from $300 million to $1 billion by switching to their home-grown standard, according to various estimates.

Headed by the Audio Video Coding Standard...
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