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Re: W3C's position on RTCWEB mandatory to implement video codec

From: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2012 17:59:38 +0100
Cc: rtcweb@ietf.org, public-webrtc@w3.org, "public-ietf-w3c@w3.org" <public-ietf-w3c@w3.org>
Message-Id: <75485203-4F91-4C70-AD26-F6A8AFDD9AA1@w3.org>
To: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
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On 2012-11-02, at 17:05 +0100, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org> wrote:

> We understand that the IETF rtcweb Working Group is expecting to select
> a mandatory-to-implement video codec.
> W3C believes that there should be a royalty-free standard web
> infrastructure which should include Real Time Communications on the Web.
> W3C is not expressing any preference among the codecs based on the
> technical merits of the proposals before the working group. We wish to
> bring a few background facts to participants' attention.
> In 2011 W3C approached MPEG-LA, the licensing authority for the
> generally-known patent pool for H.264, with a proposal for royalty-free
> licensing of the H.264 baseline codec, to be referenced for use by the
> HTML5 video tag.  MPEG-LA was receptive to this proposal; however, the
> proposal was turned down by a narrow margin within the MPEG-LA
> membership.
> Whatever codec the rtcweb Working Group might choose, we encourage the
> Working Group to work toward technologies that implementers can be
> confident are available on a royalty-free basis and W3C is willing to
> work with the IETF in achieving this.
> Regards,
> For Tim Berners-Lee, Director, and
> Jeff Jaffe, CEO,
> Philippe Le Hégaret and Thomas Roessler, IETF Contacts for W3C
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