[whatwg] The issue of interoperability of the <video> element

According to Wikipedia,

"AT&T is trying to sue companies such as Apple Inc. over alleged
MPEG-4 patent infringement.[1][2][3]"

I would be fascinated to see a statement from Apple, Inc. regarding this.

It's also quite interesting that different portions of MPEG-4,
including different sections of video and audio are licensed
separately, so what this means is that any vendor willing to support
MPEG-4 for <video> and <audio> has to locate every patent holder and
pay them.

Oh, and will you look at this, Apple, Inc. holds one the patents!  US
6,134,243 [4].  So Apple gets money for every single license sold.
How nice.  They are attempting to lock vendors into MPEG-4 and get
money from licenses in the process.  Apple, Inc. is no better than

[1] http://www.engadget.com/2006/02/10/atandt-claims-mpeg-4-patent-infringement-wants-apple-to-pay-up/
[2] http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=29679
[3] http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1923218,00.asp
[4] http://www.mpegla.com/m4s/m4s-att1.pdf

Received on Monday, 25 June 2007 05:21:31 UTC