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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darknexus
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2008-07-15

You know, if people are so concerned with Theora's patent status let's just go after it. Put that statement to rest one way or another. We already know whatever patents VP3 had (which Theora is based from) are a non-issue and, odds are, if there really was patent issues someone would've called it out by now. Even so, these days you can't even develop a keyboard-based UI without treading on some ridiculous patent or other. Try and prove that H.264 infringes on nobody's patents. Go ahead. They have the MPEGLA behind them, which means that patent trolls probably wouldn't succeed given the patent pool, but I bet you can find instances where even your precious H.264 treads liberally over someone's patents. It's not possible to develop any software today and not tread on one or more, usually many more.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

It is not about proving that H.264 does not tred on someone's patents, it is the fact that MPEG-LA has a giant patent catalog with many many many very large companies behind it. The likelihood that they do infringe on a patent is very small and it is ever a smaller chance that if they do, someone will go after them for anything but a settlement.

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