Submarine patents could affect any codec
Posted Jul 6, 2009 21:47 UTC (Mon) by midg3t
In reply to: Ogg codecs dropped from HTML5
Parent article: Ogg codecs dropped from HTML5
I think the strength in Apple's argument was suggesting that Theora has an uncertain patent landscape. The core of the argument is that every codec has an uncertain patent landscape (remember the trouble with MP3?), so standardising on any codec would put every implementor at risk if there turned out to be patent claims on it. While the result of not standardising on a single codec results in continued codec hell for all internet users, it keeps the lawyers settled.
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