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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RE: It's really quite simple...
by lemur2 on Sun 31st Jan 2010 23:16 UTC in reply to "It's really quite simple..."
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As has also been pointed out by others here, as well as some companies, it has not yet been tested whether Theora in some way infringes on patents encompassed by h.264, so adopting it as part of a standard could open a whole new can of worms.

The reverse is more likely. Theora is an implementation of VP3, and VP3 is a patented codec of some vintage now.

If the USPTO made a mistake and there is common ground between VP3 and some part of h264, then VP3 is in all probability the earlier patent.

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