A central concept of the Internet is that content is independent of the location of the end
user (as a general rule). What you are suggesting is to have the video codec dependent on the
location of the viewer. That is setting a very bad precedent.
I think people need to sit up and take a good long hard look at the global patent system. It
is in a mess. It is too easy to patent processes that didn't require any significant R&D to
develop in the first place. The patent system is expensive and so naturally favours large
corporations over small corporations or individuals. There are so many patents that it is now
very difficult to be sure that no patent infringement is occuring. I believe the patent
system is near collapse. Throught these discussions it is important to keep in mind that the
patent system is not an immovable rock, which is how many seem to view it. A lot of "patent
reform" has occured in recent decades .