Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Feb 2010 13:12 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Multimedia, AV The debate about HTML5 video is for the most part pretty straightforward: we all want HTML5 video, and we all recognise it's a better approach than Flash for online video. However, there's one thing we just can't seem to agree on: the codec. A number of benchmarks have been conducted recently, and they highlight the complexity of video encoding: they go either way.
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Open does not Mean Patent Free
by dindin on Fri 26th Feb 2010 17:27 UTC
dindin
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2006-03-29

I keep hearing people say that Theora is Patent Free. How do we know that? No one is suing because there is no monetary damage to prove or money to collect.

There are so many algorithms in video codecs, almost one part or another (especially new techniques like optimal bit coding, motion vector search mechansims, etc) are patented by many universities and companies. Microsoft had to go through this process when they tried to standardize VC-1 in SMPTE.

I personally would like to have both codecs supported and let the market decide based on needs, applications, cost, and quality. I am sure there is room for both.

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RE: Open does not - legality
by jabbotts on Fri 26th Feb 2010 19:16 in reply to "Open does not Mean Patent Free"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

The best general outcome would be for the market to decide. The problem here is that we have patent issues to content with so large parts of the market are legally banned from being involved in that decision. This is like calling a diplomatic vote fair while discounting votes from women and minorities.

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