Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Mar 2012 19:37 UTC
Internet & Networking Ever since it became clear that Google was not going to push WebM as hard as they should have, the day would come that Mozilla would be forced to abandon its ideals because the large technology companies don't care about an open, unencumbered web. No decision has been made just yet, but Mozilla is taking its first strides to adding support for the native H.264 codecs installed on users' mobile systems. See it as a thank you to Mozilla for all they've done for the web.
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Move Mozilla Outside the USA
by ozonehole on Wed 14th Mar 2012 23:05 UTC
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Not sure if it's realistic or not, but maybe Mozilla (and most other free software projects) just need to keep themselves outside the USA. If America wants to shoot itself in the foot this way, so be it.

Of course, the USA keeps putting pressure on other countries to adopt software patents. But hopefully, not too many will succumb.

The one bright hope for the future is that the h.264 patents expire around year 2025. So in the meantime, we play a cat-and-mouse game with the US authorities. Of course, don't be surprised if pressure mounts from Microsoft and Apple to extend software patents to 70 years instead of the current 20. They've done with this copyright, so it can be done with patents. But again, the USA is not the whole world.

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