[whatwg] codecs and containers

Dave Singer singer at apple.com
Mon Dec 10 21:16:40 PST 2007

At 4:02  +0000 11/12/07, Ivo Emanuel Gonçalves wrote:
>On Dec 10, 2007 10:54 PM, Dave Singer <singer at apple.com> wrote:
>>  The w3c staff are, I believe, looking into this whole
>>  area, particularly with respect to IPR and licensing.  The engineers,
>>  should, of course, work out what is best from a functionality point
>>  of view, but the position is heavily influenced by IPR and risk
>>  considerations as well.
>You will understand of course that this thread was not related with
>IPR or licensing, but regarding the choice of the container format for
>Theora and Vorbis, if either Ogg or Matroska.  And Ogg is described in
>RFC 3533 as a patent-free, public domain standard for encapsulation of
>It may be, however, as per recent developments that the W3C needs an
>independent legal counselor since it seems to be falling under
>pressure of some of its corporate fund backers.  If the latter turns
>out to be true, it will be a pretty sad day for the Web as we know it.

Yes, of course.  I just wanted to raise the point 
that it may be worth holding off polishing the 
language while we seek to improve the basic 
position.  But yes, we should (as engineers) 
debate the technical merits etc. of the various 
David Singer

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