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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Let's do an end-run around MPEG-LA
by obsidian on Mon 1st Feb 2010 02:04 UTC
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It's time to get rid of this proprietary codec, once and for all. The amount of money that MPEG-LA is charging for the use of h.264 is ridiculous.

Theora offers a great way to do an "end-run" around h.264.

If the Theora approach can be widely promoted and adopted (and Google will have a crucial role to play there), then that would truly be a big win for a more open and standards-based web. If there is one thing that I utterly despise, it is **vendor lock-in**.

As a comparison, even though Adobe's Flash isn't fully "open", at least there is no charge for the use of Flash, and there are at least two open Flash-players that I know of (Gnash and Gameswf). Adobe also doesn't seem to be too bothered by them either.
Compared to this MPEG-LA outfit, Adobe is an angel.

Let's dump h.264, and dump it *now*.

Edited 2010-02-01 02:12 UTC

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