Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 16th May 2010 12:52 UTC, submitted by mrsteveman1
Internet & Networking Mozilla, sticking to its ideals of the open web, decided long ago that support for the patent-encumbered H264 codec would not be included in any of its products. Not only is H264 wholly incompatible with the open web and Free software, it is also incredibly expensive. Mozilla could use one of the open source implementations, but those are not licensed, and the MPEG-LA has been quite clear in that it will sue those who encode or decode H264 content without a license. Software patents, however, are only valid in some parts of the world, so an enterprising developer has started a project that was sure to come eventually: Firefox builds with H264 support.
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Why not just use built in decoders?
by MacMan on Sun 16th May 2010 13:19 UTC
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Firefox with H.264 is a cool idea, but you don't have to include any decoders. Just use the decoders built in to the OS (OSX or Windows). After all, Apple and MS have already paid the royalties, hence it is perfectly legal to use the built in functionality.

I have no idea about Windows (last time I was forced to program for windows, MFC was the big thing), but its pretty easy to use the built in frameworks in OSX and just send them an mp4 stream, and I assume its probably also pretty easy to do something similar in Windows with direct show.

To re-iterate: If you use the built in functionality of the OS, you are not violating any patent!, you re-use existing functionality, less code to maintain.

Edited 2010-05-16 13:24 UTC

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