[whatwg] Ogg content on the Web

Geoffrey Sneddon foolistbar at googlemail.com
Wed Dec 12 10:08:20 PST 2007

On 12 Dec 2007, at 17:44, David Gerard wrote:

> On 12/12/2007, Geoffrey Sneddon <foolistbar at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> On 12 Dec 2007, at 14:23, David Gerard wrote:
>>> FWIW, Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons only allow unencumbered  
>>> formats
>>> on the site. Video MUST be Ogg Theora. Compressed audio better be  
>>> Ogg.
>> Why must video just one of many unencumbered formats?
> Er, what are the others?

Technically speaking, Theora is actually unencumbered (it just has a  
RF license covering the patents from On2). Dirac is in a similar  

Apart from those two, the others I can think of are those that are in  
excess of twenty years old (and therefore their patents have expired),  
such as H.260.

Geoffrey Sneddon

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