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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RE[4]: Patently absurd
by r_a_trip on Mon 1st Feb 2010 13:19 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Patently absurd"
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it isn't the content, it is the tool used to play the content.... VLC for instance.

Isn't that academic? If I download H264 encoded video, I'm not merely going to store it as hard disk filler. I'm going to view it.

So consuming content is inevitably going to mean using a H264 decoder.
Given that the world and his dog seems to have a patent in H264, if they really press it, it seems that unlicensed use could run into the millions in damages (especially if proven willful --> triple damages).

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