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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"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.

Eh, no. More code to maintain.

Not true. That code already exists for GStreamer (Songbird uses it, for example).

A Wild Fox release would actually be relatively simple to do: Grab the existing GStreamer patch from (developed by Mozilla itself, I may add) and distribute it with GStreamer + GStreamer's DirectShow/QuickTime plugins, and you're done.

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