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 RichterKuato on Mon 17th May 2010 06:36 UTC
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The issue that really gets to me, like it does a lot of people, is the patents. It's really evil, spiteful and anti-consumer what these companies are doing. Even going as far as to attack the open community developed alternatives.

I don't blame Mozilla for wanting to settle this before everyone standardizes on H.264 for web video. Apparently It's a really nasty issue that should've been dealt with on video cameras long ago, but almost no one knew/knows about it's legal traps.

Clearly the only idealism showed here is from pro-monopoly economists and policy makers. It can clearly be shown here that monopolies aren't spurning innovation, at least not the kind people want.

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