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[whatwg] The truth about Nokias claims

From: Manuel Amador <rudd-o@rudd-o.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 17:37:50 -0500
Message-ID: <200712131737.50940.rudd-o@rudd-o.com>
Clever.  But wrong.  Let's not discuss your definition of the word 
proprietary, because we'll never agree.

Let's just focus on the fact that AVC is not implementable by everyone.  Just 
because someone implemented it without permission does not guarantee that 
users or other implementors of the technology won't be driven to Chapter 11 
by the patent owners, just as MP3 implementors were driven to the underground 
in the nineties and early 2000's.  Today, if you want to get LAME, you need 
to go samizdat if you're in a country with software patents.

That makes AVC unfree, period.

Oh, and therefore, it's not even on the table for HTML5.

El Jue 13 Dic 2007, Charles escribi?:
> > Just because AVC is not a standard doesn't mean it's not proprietary.
>
> I think you meant "Just because AVC is a standard doesn't mean it's not
> proprietary". ^^^^
> "Proprietary" means owned and controlled by one entity.  Yes, AVC
> incorporates patents owned by several companies.  But nobody owns it, and
> anybody can participate in its ecosystem.
>
> > We call proprietary anything that can't be implemented by the whole world
> > without third-party permission.
>
> Even by that unique definition, AVC is not proprietary since it can and is
> (e.g. x264) implemented by the whole world without permission.
>
> -- Charles



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