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RE[2]: IE10 still disappointing
by lemur2 on Thu 15th Nov 2012 07:21 UTC in reply to "RE: IE10 still disappointing"
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2) There is nothing stopping the other browsers from linking to the API's (QuickTime on OS X, Media Foundation on Windows and gstreamer on *NIX) to obtain h264/AAC playback functionality.


Actually, there is. Web Standards are supposed to be royalty free.

http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy-20040205/

"The W3C Patent Policy governs the handling of patents in the process of producing Web standards. The goal of this policy is to assure that Recommendations produced under this policy can be implemented on a Royalty-Free (RF) basis."

Having web standards being royalty free prevents anyone setting up a "toll-gate" for access to non-commercial content on the web. Anyone and everyone should be able to host and access (creative commons or public domain) media content over the web without having to pay any royalties to any third parties. Anyone and everyone should be able to build web infrastructure and clients without having to pay royalties for permission to do so. Having it this way is absolutely central to the original intent and purpose of the web in the first place.

Access to the web is defined as a human right:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/06/internet-a-human-right/
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/politics/diplomacy/120706/u...

This doesn't mean that commercial content is disallowed, it means only that it must be possible to access public content without having to pay royalties.

H264/AAC are not royalty free, and hence they are unsuitable for use as the ONLY media standards over the web. They CAN be used, but they must not be the ONLY means. This is not a problem for web standards since there are other codecs (namely WebM, Vorbis and Opus) which are as good or better performance-wise, and they are truly royalty free, anyone is allowed to implement them, and hence far more suited to be web standards.

Since WebM, Vorbis and Opus are royalty free, and anyone and everyone has full and irrevocable permission to implement them, what exactly is the excuse of Apple and Microsoft for failing to do so?

Edited 2012-11-15 07:40 UTC

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