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D7000 Video for Non-Commercial Use Only

sabbey51

Saddle River, US
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sabbey51 Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Jan 2010
Tue 09-Nov-10 02:05 AM

Here's some text from the D7000 User's Manual (page xvii):

"AVC Patent Portfolio License
THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE AVC PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE PERSONAL AND NON- COMMERCIAL USE OF A CONSUMER TO (i) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE AVC STANDARD (“AVC VIDEO”) AND/OR (ii) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT WAS ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO PROVIDE AVC VIDEO. NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C. SEE http://www.mpegla.com"

Is this weird or what? Not the existance of such contracts (I've bought plenty of commercial software in my life with restrictive contracts), but that Nikon is selling a restricted license on a $1,200 device.

How did that work with Chase Jarvis' promotional videos for the D7000, shot with great fanfare, using D7000s?

Nikon seems to be promoting this for (among other things) wedding and event photographers; they can't use video from the camera? From the Jarvis blog regarding the camera: "Will do well for lots of markets. The photojournalist, the wedding shooter, the pro-sumer, the video crowd, backup body for pros. Pretty much everybody wins."

Seems like a problem.

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