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[whatwg] Codec mess with <video> and <audio> tags

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 10:28:46 +1200
Message-ID: <11e306600906071528i2b1b090fs2fdf9d21bbcd8c47@mail.gmail.com>
On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 7:15 AM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:

> Every codec has the same problem; the difference is that companies like
> Apple have already taken on the patent risk with MPEG-LA licensed codecs
> and are not willing to double their exposure. (Other companies like Google
> apparently _are_ willing to take this risk.)
>

It's not a doubling of exposure to submarine patents; there is only
increased exposure for techniques that are used by Ogg Theora and NOT by
H.264 etc, which isn't much AFAIK.

Although maybe there are other factors; perhaps the MPEG-LA has a response
plan to submarine patents on its codecs that gives comfort to its licensees.

Anyway, it's fruitless to speculate on companies' motives. We can never
really know.

Rob
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