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 LWN.net 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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lemur2
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wait.... You are afraid of legal liability, but you choose to go with Theora which has an unknown patent status over h.264 which is very well defined? That makes no sense.


Theora's patent status is perfectly well known.

On2 technologies hold a patent specifically for the VP3 video codec. Xiph.org have negotiated with On2 to obtain an irrevocable royalty-free licesnse to develop a codec (which Xiph.org have named Theora) based on VP3. The agreement includes the rights for Xiph.org to re-distribute the codec to end users under any license that Xiph.org want to, including open source licenses.

Whta is there that is "unknown" about it?

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