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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by KAMiKAZOW on Sun 16th May 2010 20:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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MPEG-LA has threatened to go after anyone they find using an unlicensed decoder or encoder

That's a claim I've read often, but the actual MPEG-LA website says otherwise. In fact, the MPEG-LA does not even have a licensing program for users. They only have one for distributors and even distributors don't have to pay anything as long as they don't have more than 100,000 customers per year.

the legal fees to defend against the MPEG-LA would bankrupt your typical US citizen

Giving a free ride for anyone who distributes 99,999 copies per year, but suing individual users who don't have a license, because they can't even obtain one? That does not make sense.

Such a case won't even be accepted by courts.

Edited 2010-05-16 20:27 UTC

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