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 rirmak on Wed 19th May 2010 01:28 UTC
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Sorry. I wanted to post this reply somewhere else, but you froze the thread too early.

Certainly an excellent quick fix to the problem of trivial patents is to make patent applications prohibitively expensive to increase selectivity. But why should small companies have to be affected more than large ones? Why can't fees be proportional to the income of the corporation, or something like that? It's not a rhetorical question, really, why?

I understand that it's in their best interest to play the naive and helpless observers of kindergarten egalitarianism, but how come open source zealots and always-holier-than-politicians journalists don't promote this idea either? Is the world really so insane?

I just want to hear somebody's opinion.

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