Leonardo closes the 25th DMP meeting – 2010/01/23

The 25th General Assembly has

Leonardo is interviewed on HADOPI Law, 2009/11/29

Leonardo’s statement to a reporter:
The HADOPI law is an example of a problem that is real but ill-formulated and worse solved. the fact that immaterial goods can be manipulated with greater freedom does not imply that the laws that used to guarantee the property rights of those goods should be cancelled, but only updated to adjust their use to the new freedom.
It iss just ironical that the country that two centuries ago has generated the “Declaration of the rights of Man and Citizen”, source of so many changes to the history of mankind, has become the vanguard of a crusade to suppress those rights in the new society that rightly expects to enjoy the new rights made possible by the new freedom.
The problem with HADOPI is that not only will the objective not be reached, but the basis of society will be damaged. The very economic interests that the law purports to support will be damaged. The enjoyment of the new freedom will be prevented,
all this to preserve obsolete business models.

Leonardo on “broadband – 2009/11/09

Some think that engineers are needed to undo the confusion created by others. As an engineer I note that the current use of the term “broadband” is most confusing. Depending on countries, people, context, it can mean anything from 2 Mbit/s asymmetric to 100 Mbit/s symmetric access.
The low end of “broadband” can be obtained with a judicious use of existing infrastructure, but various degrees of new infrastructure is required for the high end.
Is it too much to ask you what kind of “broadband” you have in mind before you ask me whether I am pro or con investment in “broaband”?

09-10-26

The 90th MPEG meeting in Xi’an attended by 300+ experts. Remarkable achievements are

  • A set of documents on Advanced IPTV Terminal
  • Approval of MPEG-V FCD
  • Approval of Video Signature Tools FPDAM
  • Planning for a second MPEG Media Transport workshop in Kyoto
  • Publication of the Draft Call for Proposals on High Performance Video Coding
  • Start of a new MPEG-U part on Advanced User Interaction Interface

Read the Xi’an MPEG press release