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Banned at the Border

February 17, 2011 | Author: Ibex Marketing

HDMI Licensing is the organization charged with protecting the intellectual property pool for the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) standard. This has become the first choice for digital high definition connections for home entertainment devices and accessories, and is supported by more than 1,000 companies who have licensed these patents.

Not all manufacturers have bothered to pay for the rights to make HDMI products, however, and according to a press release from HDMI Licensing, the agency has been stepping into them in a big way. In the past year, the group has helped the US. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seize 32 shipments of counterfeit HDMI products at ports from Alaska to Florida. The devices ranged from cables to DVD players.

These actions help by protecting the investment the other manufacturers made in licensing the required patents. The good news for consumers is that this still doesn’t appear to have impacted either the supply or prices of HDMI products. You can still find good quality HDMI cables for under $10. (There’s no need to spend more on a cable, at least initially. The connection is usually pass/fail, and if the cheap cable works, you should be fine. A cable costing 10 times as much made with unobtanium won’t deliver any better results.)