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[whatwg] MPEG-1 subset proposal for HTML5 video codec

From: Benjamin M. Schwartz <bmschwar@fas.harvard.edu>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 10:55:56 -0400
Message-ID: <4A1FF77C.1090209@fas.harvard.edu>
Ian Fette (????????) wrote:
> We have chosen to support H.264 + AAC as well as
> Ogg (Theora + Vorbis) for <video> in Google Chrome

H.264 is heavily patented, and H.264 implementors typically acquire patent
licenses from MPEG LA.  However, as noted in [1], Chrome's use of ffmpeg
for codec support subjects it to the LGPL, which requires that any such
licenses be fully transferable and unrestricted.

How does Google intend to meet its legal obligations in reference to H.264
(and AAC)?

--Ben

[1] http://annevankesteren.nl/2009/05/web-video

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