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HTML5 video element codec debate reignited

HTML5 video element codec debate reignited

Posted Feb 4, 2010 10:17 UTC (Thu) by roc (subscriber, #30627)
In reply to: HTML5 video element codec debate reignited by niner
Parent article: HTML5 video element codec debate reignited

"Standardized", yes. "Open" is poorly defined. "Free as in freedom", definitely not.

Apart from the obvious issues with free software, there are all kinds of interesting restrictions even on licensed H.264-related software:
http://bemasc.net/wordpress/2010/02/02/no-you-cant-do-tha...

> 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.
http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/bz/archives/020400.html

> 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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HTML5 video element codec debate reignited

Posted Feb 5, 2010 10:58 UTC (Fri) by DonDiego (guest, #24141) [Link]

> > 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.
> http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/bz/archives/020400.html

A lot of things are patented in all kinds of countries. The question is whether or not these patents can actually be enforced. I'm looking forward to you posting proof of enforcement outside of the USA.

HTML5 video element codec debate reignited

Posted Feb 13, 2010 1:29 UTC (Sat) by robert_s (subscriber, #42402) [Link]

"A lot of things are patented in all kinds of countries. The question is whether or not these patents can actually be enforced."

When a legal situation becomes this close, it actually boils down to this: if the MPEG-LA decide to drag this backwards and forwards through court, who do you think will run out of money first, MPEG-LA and its industry backers or you / mozilla.org / EFF / etc.?

It won't be the MPEG-LA.

HTML5 video element codec debate reignited

Posted Feb 13, 2010 12:29 UTC (Sat) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

It's a very sad commentary on the US legal system that it's turned into a
game of 'who will run out of money first' so damn often. Nobody even
*mentions* justice anymore.

HTML5 video element codec debate reignited

Posted Feb 10, 2010 14:16 UTC (Wed) by marcH (subscriber, #57642) [Link]

> I'm not sure what you mean by "fix the real problem".

Fix the software patents problem in Europe and use H.264 here. Then not care care about the US and let it deal with its own mess. Not easy but doable.


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