Price Flexibility in OMA After All [9:43 am]
A group of technology firms has slashed the royalties they want to charge for essential anti-piracy systems after pressure from mobile phone companies, the group said on Wednesday.
[...] The technology is used in an open standard developed by the mobile phone industry’s Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). The GSM Association of mobile operators complained earlier this month about the initial price of 1 dollar per device and 1 cent per transaction, such as buying a song from an online music store.
The operators’ protests follow similar grumbling by manufacturers of mobile phones and consumer electronics, who told Reuters in late February that a $1 royalty per mobile device was too high a price just to protect digital music and video against illegal copying.
[...] The group of technology companies which own all the essential patents, represented by a U.S. umbrella organization called MPEG LA, now propose to charge just $0.25 per mobile phone subscriber per year, regardless of the number of songs or other digital content that is being purchased in that year.
See earlier I’m Shocked, Shocked That There’s Price Gouging Going On Here!!; MPEG LA press release: MPEG LA Announces OMA DRM Patent License Terms