> > You can of course use FFmpeg and pay the MPEG-LA if you are so
> > inclined. There are companies that do it. The MPEG-LA could not
> > care less which implementation is used.
> So that's the argument, is it? Just pay up?
I never said anything of the sort. I just had to counter the nonsense claim that Fluendo codecs are in any way more "legal" than those from FFmpeg. Those from FFmpeg are fast free software, Fluendo gives you slow proprietary software. If, for whatever weird reason, company X feels the need to pay the MPEG-LA, they have the liberty to do the wrong thing.
> There are people who redistribute Mozilla software, you know, and the
> whole business has significant implications for Free Software
> implementations of Web technologies.
Spare me the condescending tone please.
There are people who have been writing and distributing multimedia software for more than the last decade. We never had any sort of problem to speak of. Much less than in the area of word processors or web browsers, which nobody is afraid to distribute.
> > Mozilla could use a system FFmpeg just like Chrome does. No patent
> > liabilities would be incurred on Mozilla.
> Which brings us back to the patent licensing controversy where Google's
> licence covers Google, naturally, and Google's "evangelists" insist
> that they're not violating the licensing terms of FFmpeg even
> according to the spirit of those terms.
Google is violating neither the letter nor the spirit of FFmpeg's license. What gives you such weird ideas?