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Re: ISSUE-24 (ogg-delete): Request to delete "should support Ogg" clause before publishing FPWD [HTML 5 spec]

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 17:05:20 -0800
Cc: Olivier GENDRIN <olivier.gendrin@gmail.com>, HTML Issue Tracking WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <D76768D9-5B56-400E-80D2-CB3B39DC67EC@apple.com>
To: Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@ramin.com.au>

On Dec 2, 2007, at 3:29 PM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:

> There are a couple of issues here that need to be disentangled - one  
> is the
> format the second is the implementation (software or even hardware).
> From: <http://vorbis.com/faq/#flic>
> "What licensing applies to the Ogg Vorbis format?
> The Ogg Vorbis specification is in the public domain."
> and later....
> "What licensing applies to the included Ogg Vorbis software?
> Most (but not all) of our utility software is released under the  
> terms of the
> GNU GPL. The libraries and SDKs are released under our BSD-like  
> license"
> From: <http://www.theora.org/faq/#14>
> "Q. What is the license for Theora?
> Theora (and all associated technologies released by the Xiph.org  
> Foundation) is
> released to the public via a BSD-style license. It is completely  
> free for
> commercial or noncommercial use. That means that commercial  
> developers may
> independently write Theora software which is compatible with the  
> specification
> for no charge and without restrictions of any kind. "
> To me, it seems the issue is how these licenses [and other third  
> party/non w3c] fit with the
> current and HTML5 license framework.

No one is really concerned about the software copyright license for  
existing implementations. The concern is about patents (both known and  
possible unknown ones).

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