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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RE: Arguing about the wrong issue
by bhtooefr on Mon 17th May 2010 10:23 UTC in reply to "Arguing about the wrong issue"
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I think the best approach is to form a patent troll that sues for shutting companies down, rather than suing for money.

That is, patent trolls are usually in it for hit and run profits. A patent troll that tried to shut down HTC, Microsoft, and Apple all in one fell swoop... that would trigger patent reform, and fast.

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