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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I can see the logic of this, but... with that thinking it becomes: "It's not my responsibility, it's the responsibility of everybody else."

While that is a danger in the general sense, it doesn't really apply in this situation. The responsible party is clearly-defined (the W3C), yet that hasn't stopped them from shirking their responsibility by caving in and accommodating Nokia & Apple's self-interests.

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