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 LWN.net 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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Worse than I thought
by sarahannalien on Sun 31st Jan 2010 15:19 UTC
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Wow, after a little research, the problem is worse than I thought. According to MPEG LA, here's a list of patents yo get a license for with your purchase of a h.264 license...

Oh, and apparently OSNews truncates... entire list runs 43 pages.

http://www.mpegla.com/main/programs/avc/Documents/avc-att1.pdf

Last expire date in 2028, apparently.

This is, as Steve Jobs likes to say, a "bag of hurt"... for human civilization, IMHO.

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