Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Aug 2010 13:22 UTC
Multimedia, AV We haven't talked about this one for a while, but now there's news from the MPEg-LA camp. The MPEG-LA, known patent troll and chief supplier of FUD for well over ten years, is apparently feeling the pressure from Google's WebM project, and has done a complete 180. While promising earlier this year not to charge royalties for internet video that is free to end users until the end of 2015, they've now extended this promise to eternity. This may sound like a big deal, but it changes nothing - H264 is still a legal minefield even lawyers and the MPEG-LA itself have trouble understanding.
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webm will win
by daddio on Thu 26th Aug 2010 19:09 UTC
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Just as vorbis has slowly become the de facto standard for audio that is used within an application (e.g. not to the end user), webm will for video unless there is another compelling AND free alternative.
Safety to use commercially trumps all the (mostly specious anyway) arguments about video quality

End user products may be still a battlefield for a while because users are already sold on how much better h.264 is than vanilla mp4 or mpeg2.
And we dumb end users are hard to convince there is a legal problem until long after somebody has actually started suing people.

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