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 lemur2 on Mon 17th May 2010 02:17 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
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If GStreamer or the native platform player is used then there would be no issues with legality. Ubuntu paid the licensing fees for h.264, both OSX and Win7 have h codec included in the OS on top of all the hardware that has licenses as well. They should be covered depending on how they implement it.

Ubuntu paid the h.264 licensing fees only for its enterprise customers.

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