Are you sure?
Posted Jul 7, 2009 0:33 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: you're confused
Parent article: Ogg codecs dropped from HTML5
The reason the patent-free codec development has been slower is
not that patent incentives speed development. Rather, the need to work
hundreds of patents cripples development.
You mean: by the 1990 we had some form of "free" codec and it was
unreleased just because "hundred of patents" crippled the development and
it was unusable? Hard to believe, you know... Remember: H.261 was already
standard in 1990! And H.264 is it's direct descendant...
The fact remains true: development of many patent-encumbered codecs was
finished before development of free codecs even started! The reason you
cite is excuse for slower development, but as free codecs development
started as response to existence and wide usage of patent-encumbered codecs
it can be argued that without patents there will be no codecs - free or
encumbered ones! This is extreme position but it's kinda hard to
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