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Re: Codecs for <video> and <audio>

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 13:39:48 +1000
Message-ID: <2c0e02830907022039h220a0348je3d7d5017c85e830@mail.gmail.com>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Cc: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, Joe D Williams <joedwil@earthlink.net>, robert@ocallahan.org, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, David Singer <singer@apple.com>, public-html@w3.org
On Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 1:25 PM, Maciej Stachowiak<mjs@apple.com> wrote:
> On Jul 2, 2009, at 8:03 PM, Jonas Sicking wrote:
>> Additionally there are solutions to
>> this, such as the one that Doug suggested where a third party could
>> perform the investigation. I am told that that is not uncommon in
>> situations like this.
> I'm surprised at the level of confidence expressed in Theora not infringing
> unknown patents, given that apparently no one has done a patent search on
> it. An independent patent review is one step that might appreciably change
> the landscape. Perhaps Theora advocates or a neutral party like the W3C can
> arrange such a thing.

There have been no publications on any patent research on Theora, that
is true. However, that does not imply that no research has happened.
How do you know that people who have decided to support Theora have
not made an informed decision? In fact, I know that several parties
have looked into the patents and I am hoping for some publications in
this space. Nobody can be forced to publicise their efforts though.

Xiph is very open to a patent review, but cannot afford it themselves,
so hopefully this is something that the W3C can arrange and that
companies like Apple can contribute to.

Received on Friday, 3 July 2009 03:40:48 UTC

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