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What to do with a jammed machine?

Introduction In this article I recall how the success story of the MPEG business model took shape, why that wonderful machine has jammed and how the competition is prospering. There could be a future that continues the successes of the past but more likely there will be another future that is costly for industry, research and consumers. This situation should prompt a call for action, but... A success story Starting with MPEG-1 (1992), MPEG standards have provided the industry with…

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Stop here if you want to know about MPEG (†)

Over the last two years I have written ~100 articles in defence of MPEG, its legacy and its future. The articles were written without a particular organisation in mind. During these two years the number of readers has grow and I thought it useful to group the articles according to the following categories. MPAI ISO A new and better MPEG – sketching the future MPEG – The attempted future MPEG – In general MPEG – The birth MPEG – The…

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This is ISO – A hypocritical organisation

Introduction ISO and IEC have developed the ISO/IEC Directives Part 1: Procedures for the technical work about procedures to be followed in developing and maintaining an International Standard. This is complemented by the Consolidated ISO Supplement,  about procedures specific to ISO and by the JTC 1 Supplement, about procedures specific to JTC 1. Finally, for the purpose of this article, I will mention the ISO/IEC Directives Part 2: Principles and rules for the structure and drafting of ISO and IEC…

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The MPEG Hall of fame

As MPEG is no more, it is time to open and populate the MPEG Hall of fame. It is not going to be an easy task because so many people have contributed to make MPEG what it was. The MPEG subgroup chairs will not be mentioned here. They are in the Hall of fame by default because they have been among those most committed to the success of MPEG. If you want to know their names, responsibilities and years of…

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Top-down or bottom-up?

On 2020/06/02 SC 29, the parent group of MPEG, decided to erase the group. This was the result of a combination of reasons: One National Body (NB) wanted to retain the MPEG activity within SC 29 Another NB craved to get control of international standards for digital media Other NBs were "convinced" that it was better to go this way Some individuals coveted "positions" Certain segments of the IP (Intellectual Property) industry were determined to perpetuate the outdated business model…

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This is ISO – a chaotic organisation

Human organisations that are created and develop based on a master plan discover that the world is more complicated than assumed by the master plan they started from. Sooner or later they must flexibly adapt the plan to the conditions on the field. Other human organisations start without a master plan and develop on the basis of actual conditions. Sooner or later they discover that the organisation has a dysfunctional structure that must be rationalised. I was not in Geneva…

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