Linked by Adam S on Tue 4th Nov 2008 19:19 UTC, submitted by Luis
GNU, GPL, Open Source Theora is a video codec with a small CPU footprint that offers easy portability and requires no patent royalties. While the Theora bitstream format was standardized in 2004 and our beta releases have been used by millions, this 1.0 release is an important milestone reflecting the maturity and stability of the Theora codebase. A number of leading multimedia web groups already support Theora. Upcoming releases of Mozilla Firefox, the world's most popular open source browser, will support Theora natively, as will releases of the multi-platform Opera browser. Top-10 website Wikipedia uses Theora for all of its video.
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MPEG-1 is close to being royalty free. MPEG-1 audio layer II is close enough to MASCAM which was described in detail in August of 1988. MPEG-1 video is fairly close to H.261 which came out in 1990. It would almost certainly be possible to make a royalty free profile of MPEG-1 that could be played with existing players, yet could also be implemented for free. I have been putting information as I find it up at

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