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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RE: It's comparable to MP3
by ssokolow on Sun 31st Jan 2010 18:56 UTC in reply to "It's comparable to MP3"
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

Yes, but to the best of my knowledge, MP3 licenses are to be paid for encoders and decoders and only the manufacturers are liable.

MPEG LA just said that, with H.264, end users are just as liable as providers for unlicensed video fees.

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RE[2]: It's comparable to MP3
by KAMiKAZOW on Sun 31st Jan 2010 22:12 in reply to "RE: It's comparable to MP3"
KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

MPEG LA just said that, with H.264, end users are just as liable as providers for unlicensed video fees.

And you believe them? Of course they say that, because they want to make more money. Whether users are liable or not depends on the jurisdiction, not on what MPEG LA members say. MPEG LA are not above the law.

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RE[3]: It's comparable to MP3
by Erunno on Sun 31st Jan 2010 22:39 in reply to "RE[2]: It's comparable to MP3"
Erunno Member since:
2007-06-22

And you believe them? Of course they say that, because they want to make more money. Whether users are liable or not depends on the jurisdiction, not on what MPEG LA members say. MPEG LA are not above the law.


Because we all know the joy of having to battle a multi-billion dollar industry giant before court for years to come as a regular user independent of the outcome. ;)

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