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

From: Cullen Jennings (fluffy) <fluffy@cisco.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:11:31 +0000
To: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
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On Nov 2, 2012, at 10:59 AM, Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org> wrote:

> Redirecting to the correct address of the W3C/IETF coordination list.
> 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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