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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Patently absurd
by Lazarus on Sun 31st Jan 2010 15:49 UTC
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"but where a royalty has not been paid, such a product remains unlicensed and any downstream users/distributors would have liability."

Yeah, not problematic at all. Class act that MPEG-LA.

And on a related note, screw you Apple and anyone else for trying to get this horrendously expensive proprietary shit in an open standard.

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RE: Patently absurd
by darknexus on Sun 31st Jan 2010 16:04 in reply to "Patently absurd"
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Of course, we're all supposed to know if a video we're watching is properly licensed. Didn't you know? ;)
I don't think they'd actually get away with going after an end user, even as screwed up as the U.S legal system is that wouldn't fly... at least not yet. Still, the fact that they're allowed to put that condition in there speaks volumes about what a lot of lawyers are up to these days. Scary thought, isn't it?

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RE[2]: Patently absurd
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 31st Jan 2010 16:07 in reply to "RE: Patently absurd"
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even as screwed up as the U.S legal system is that wouldn't fly... at least not yet

A system that could award millions in damages for downloading a few mp3s is also capable of granting damages when a mere user inadvertently consumes h24 content without a license.

Edited 2010-01-31 16:07 UTC

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