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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by debackerl on Mon 1st Feb 2010 11:58 UTC
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With H.264 you know how much you will have to pay. With Theora, there is always the risk that some obscure company attack you for patent violation. Since Theora is not developed and marketed by a large company, you will be on your own to pay advocates. In the case of H.264, MPEG-LA would probably take care of the issue, because they would want to continue selling licenses.

So it's not plain stupid... it's just a choice. Do you want to pay a known fee, or to gamble? It's not because something is open, that some part of it has not been patented earlier. The only real solution is to ban software patents ;)

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