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[News] Mozilla Fights Against Patent Tax on Web Video

  • Subject: [News] Mozilla Fights Against Patent Tax on Web Video
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:47:48 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Mozilla defends Firefox's HTML5 support for only Ogg Theora video

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| But Firefox 3.6 supports only the Ogg Theora 
| video codec and, currently, no other codecs. 
| Mozilla had pushed for the Ogg codec to be 
| the default for the <video> element, but 
| this was not supported by the HTML5 working 
| group who decided to leave the codec 
| unspecified in the developing standard. This 
| means that Firefox is unable to play the 
| YouTube and Vimeo HTML5 videos.


Mozilla buries heels on un-YouTube open video

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| Mozilla vice president of engineering Mike 
| Shaver has reiterated that the open source 
| outfit has no intention of rolling the H.264 
| video codec into its Firefox browser, even 
| though the likes of YouTube and Vimeo are 
| using the patented codec with early versions 
| of their plug-in-free HTML5 video players.
| [...]
| Google is working to purchase On2 
| Technologies, and it looks like the Mountain 
| View giant is interested in open sourcing 
| the outfit's video codecs to provide a 
| license-free option offering performance 
| above and beyond Ogg.


HTML5 video and H.264 â what history tells us and why weâre standing with the web


Mozilla takes on YouTube video choice

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| Mozilla would have to pay $5 million to 
| license the H.264 codec from MPEG-LA, the 
| industry group that oversees the technology, 
| said Mike Shaver, Mozilla's vice president 
| of engineering in a blog post, and that 
| doing so wouldn't grant rights of those such 
| as Linux operating system companies who 
| build products employing Mozilla's browser.


Mozilla defends Firefox's HTML5 support for only Ogg Theora video



Ask YouTube for Ogg support!  Ask YouTube for Ogg support!

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| People are voting for Google to offer
| HTML5/Ogg video support on YouTube, in
| Google's own product ideas voting space.
| This piece of Ogg activism is getting some
| traffic on identi.ca and Twitter right now.
| If you haven't already, you should jump in.
| YouTube is, obviously, the largest source of
| videos in the world by far, so keeping
| pressure on Google to support web standards
| and free formats (over proprietary formats
| like Flash) is really important.

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