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: costs
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 1st Feb 2010 12:06 UTC in reply to "costs"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

With Theora, there is always the risk that some obscure company attack you for patent violation.


You'd think that if that were the case, Google would've been sued already for including Theora support in Chrome.

Google is kind of a big company, you see.

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RE[2]: costs
by _LH_ on Mon 1st Feb 2010 16:05 in reply to "RE: costs"
_LH_ Member since:
2005-07-20

Thom, maybe you haven't noticed, but usually the patent trolls emerge when a technology is already in wide use and popular.

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RE[3]: costs
by lemur2 on Mon 1st Feb 2010 22:37 in reply to "RE[2]: costs"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Thom, maybe you haven't noticed, but usually the patent trolls emerge when a technology is already in wide use and popular.


In order for there to be a patent troll against Theora, there has to be a patent that was awarded before the patents for VP3 were awarded to On2. In addition, the USPTO has to have made a mistake, and awarded that earlier patent, and also On2's patent(s) for VP3, so that they covered the same methods for video compression.

That is highly unlikely.

If a patent troll turns up with a patent that was awarded after the patent(s) for VP3 ... big deal. The patent(s) for VP3, being earlier, trump any later ones covering the same video compression methods.

Edited 2010-02-01 22:38 UTC

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