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 didn't take long for the popular press to get it completely wrong.

In addition, the patents surrounding HTML5 are owned by a group of companies; Apple is a part of that group.

Utterly backwards. Completely incorrect.

There are no patents surrounding HTML5, it is a completely open public-access standard. Apple has no ownership interest over HTML5.

Edited 2010-02-01 09:53 UTC

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