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Re: proposed audio/video codec text

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2009 13:28:35 -0700
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-id: <D455A84D-CF78-40BE-96D2-91E72E36ECC9@apple.com>
To: Rob Sayre <rsayre@mozilla.com>

On Jul 8, 2009, at 6:35 AM, Rob Sayre wrote:

> On 7/7/09 9:24 PM, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>>  And likewise, I think it is important to give the issue due  
>> consideration.
>
> I agree, though I think we need to be careful about claims that we  
> must prove a negative. Not that you're suggesting that.

Indeed, I am not asking anyone to prove a negative. I pointed out that  
the known licenses for patent claims on Theora do not satisfy the W3C  
Patent Policy. To address this would only require proving a positive,  
for example, by showing a suitable license.

I believe this new information refutes your original rationale. If you  
don't want to withdraw your proposal, then I would ask you to update  
the rationale to be factually accurate. There are many accurate and  
reasonable things you could say, for example that Theora is the codec  
most likely to satisfy the Patent Policy in the future, even though it  
apparently does not today, if there is reason to believe that. Or you  
could provide a rationale that's not based on the Patent Policy.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Wednesday, 8 July 2009 20:29:16 UTC

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