Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Jan 2010 14:20 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Internet & Networking Despite the recent interest in adopting HTML5's video tag, there is still one major problem: there is no mandated standard video codec for the video tag. The two main contestants are the proprietary and patended h264, and the open and free Theora. In a comment on an article about this problematic situation, LWN reader Trelane posted an email exchange he had with MPEG-LA, which should further cement Theora as the obvious choice.
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It's comparable to MP3
by Kondor337 on Sun 31st Jan 2010 17:01 UTC
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MP3 is also patented and proprietary. Nevertheless, I have never had any problems with MP3, because the companies which produce the software I use have paid all license fees. I'm sure Google, Adobe, Apple and others will make sure that everyone can encode, decode and upload h.264 files without (the users) paying any money.

Ok, there may be some problems with free software and there have been completely free Linux distributions without an MP3 codec, but this hasn't been a real problem because it's so easy to install one on Linux. After all, there are free and open-source MP3 codecs, because MP3 isn't patented in countries without software patents. And there are free and open-source h.264 codecs, too.

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