CoreAVC-for-Linux has been allowed to resume developing after CoreCodec recognized that the project does not violate its copyrights under the DMCA.
CoreAVC is a proprietary Windows codec for H.264 video decoding. It is much faster than any currently available open-source codecs. Being multi-threaded, and able to play PAFF streams, it can handle HD H.264/AVC streams that no freely available codecs can. CoreAVC is reasonably priced at ~$15, but it is Windows only. Various patches are available here to enable loading CoreAVC into 32bit and 64bit linux players.
CoreAVC-for-Linux is a free, and independent project from CoreCodec, that replicate the same functionalities of CoreCodec’s CoreAVC, but under Linux.
CoreCodec filled a complaint to Google, that was hosting the project on its Google Code site, on April 30th claiming that CoreAVC-for-Linux and its author violated its copyright.
Eventually CoreCodec realized that CoreAVC-for-Linux did not actually violate its copyrights since it has been developed as reverse engeneering for compatibility purposes. CoreCodec’s representative stated in a forum post. that: “The DMCA does allow for reverse engineering for compatibility purposes and hence…the DMCA takedown request was wrongly sent”.
CoreAVC-for-Linux’s home page: http://code.google.com/p/coreavc-for-linux/