Apart from the obvious issues with free software, there are all kinds of interesting restrictions even on licensed H.264-related software:
> The whole discussion about H.264 vs. Theora and the MPEG LA really
> only concerns a small part of the world.
Yeah, just the USA, Europe, and parts of Asia.
> So is it really the way to go to drag the whole world down to an inferior
> technical level instead of fixing the real problem in the few countries
> where it actually exists?
I'm not sure what you mean by "fix the real problem". Get all software and method patents invalidated? Somehow persuade the MPEG-LA to license the H.264 patents royalty-free (giving up billions of dollars of potential revenue)? Those sound hard.
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