royalty free

Royalty-free, or RF, refers to the right to use copyrighted material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.
Many computer industry standards, especially those developed and submitted by industry consortiums or individual companies, involve royalties for the actual use of these standards. These royalties are typically charged on a “per port” basis, where the manufacturer of end-user devices has to pay a small fixed fee for each device sold. With millions of devices sold each year, the royalties can amount to several millions of dollars, which is a significant burden for the manufacturer. Examples of such royalties-based standards include IEEE 1394, HDMI, and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC.
Royalty-free standards do not include any “g-port” or “per-volume” charges or annual payments for the use of the standard, even though the text of the actual specification is typically protected by copyright and needs to be…

Using Copyrighted Music in Videos: When is it Legal?

Copyright law can be a minefield to navigate, and many thousands of creators may not even be aware that they are in breach of the law by using copyrighted music in their videos. We take a look at the issues surrounding copyright, and how video creators can stay legal.

The Month In YouTube: September 2013

There were many new features and updates to YouTube in September 2013 and we've kept track of all the major ones. The site announced new royalty free music tracks, a troll blocking feature and the ability to download videos to mobile devices to watch off line.

YouTube Launches Royalty Free Music Resource For All Users

YouTube have launched a small but significant audio library of 150 royalty free instrumental tracks that video creators can use as much as they want with any monetary charge or copyright issues. Using unlicensed music on YouTube is a headache for all concerned so this is a welcome feature.

Google’s New VP9 Codec: Better Video at Half the Bandwidth?

Google wants their new VP9 codec to be royalty-free, but patent disputes could prevent that from happening. Meanwhile, VP9 is supposed to have double the image quality using half the compression of H.264. In other news: H.264 could be H.265 soon, so there's that.