Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 29th Apr 2010 23:04 UTC
Internet Explorer I am almost flabbergasted by the spin and blunt-face upon which this news is delivered. We were just discussing the pot calling the kettle black with Apple / Adobe and now Microsoft have also come out in favour of a closed video format for an open web--IE9's HTML5 video support will allow H264 only. Update Now that the initial shock is over, I've rewritten the article to actually represent news rather than something on Twitter.
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RE[4]: Comment
by google_ninja on Fri 30th Apr 2010 02:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment"
google_ninja
Member since:
2006-02-05

ffmpeg, vlc, and x264 are all legal, so long as you live in a country without software patents. That means anywhere but north america or korea, with the UK and australia sort of on the fence about the whole thing.

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RE[5]: Comment
by lemur2 on Fri 30th Apr 2010 02:19 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

ffmpeg, vlc, and x264 are all legal, so long as you live in a country without software patents.


The leaglity or otherwise is not the issue. The issue is that in order to be a web standard, it MUST be royalty-free.

H264 is not royalty-free. Therefore, h264 is not the web standard.

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RE[6]: Comment
by tyrione on Fri 30th Apr 2010 11:45 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

"ffmpeg, vlc, and x264 are all legal, so long as you live in a country without software patents.


The leaglity or otherwise is not the issue. The issue is that in order to be a web standard, it MUST be royalty-free.

H264 is not royalty-free. Therefore, h264 is not the web standard.
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http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/video.html#the-source-element

None of the codecs are part of the Royalty Free HTML5 Specification.

The examples show all sorts of ways for you to host source options and in doing so you leave it up to the client to pick and run one that works.

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MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

I saw an article a few days ago saying that Microsoft had won their "long file names in FAT" patent case in Germany. Which suggests that software patents are recognized in Germany, and Europe in general, depending on the nature of the covered technology.

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/04/german-appeal-court-u...

"The German decision also shows that European courts are willing to grant software patents, provided that those patents represent genuine technical innovations (like encoding long file names on a filesystem that can't store them) and aren't just business processes (such as running auctions on the Internet)."

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RE[5]: Comment
by cerbie on Fri 30th Apr 2010 04:29 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment"
cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

Meanwhile, they are all hosted, and downloadable, in and from the US...

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