Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Jan 2010 14:20 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Internet & Networking Despite the recent interest in adopting HTML5's video tag, there is still one major problem: there is no mandated standard video codec for the video tag. The two main contestants are the proprietary and patended h264, and the open and free Theora. In a comment on an article about this problematic situation, LWN reader Trelane posted an email exchange he had with MPEG-LA, which should further cement Theora as the obvious choice.
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Good that it's getting out
by cerbie on Sun 31st Jan 2010 14:38 UTC
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Even I was one of the ignorant masses (well, mass of a small group, but...). Useful info about H.264's encumbrances did not come right up upon searching, and tended to be glossed over.

We like to have things, implying having control over said things, and paying by codec let's that work out. You pay to have a thing. Your use of the things is then largely unencumbered.

H.264's licensing reads like they are trying to apply rent-to-own thinking to a video codec!

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