Philips does not currently plan to lower its DVD+R/+RW disc royalty charge of US$0.06.
The statement belongs to James Li, general manager of Philips Intellectual
Property & Standards in Taiwan. Taiwanese DigiTimes
reports that neither Ricoh nor the DVD+RW Alliance
has the right to negotiate prices on its behalf.
The Philips respond comes just a week after the supposed negotiations of the
DVD+RW Alliance with Taiwanese optical disc manufacturers, in order to reduce
the DVD+R/+RW royalty charge from US$0.06 to US$0.04 per disc. Ricoh was the
company that started the negotiations on behalf of the DVD+RW Alliance, the
organization that promotes the DVD+R/+RW formats.