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[3]: costs
by lemur2 on Mon 1st Feb 2010 22:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: costs"
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Thom, maybe you haven't noticed, but usually the patent trolls emerge when a technology is already in wide use and popular.

In order for there to be a patent troll against Theora, there has to be a patent that was awarded before the patents for VP3 were awarded to On2. In addition, the USPTO has to have made a mistake, and awarded that earlier patent, and also On2's patent(s) for VP3, so that they covered the same methods for video compression.

That is highly unlikely.

If a patent troll turns up with a patent that was awarded after the patent(s) for VP3 ... big deal. The patent(s) for VP3, being earlier, trump any later ones covering the same video compression methods.

Edited 2010-02-01 22:38 UTC

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