[whatwg] Codecs (was Re: Apple Proposal for Timed Media Elements)

Robert Sayre sayrer at gmail.com
Thu Mar 22 22:16:19 PDT 2007

On 3/23/07, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> The technologies I listed _are_
> covered by patents, yet they are not proprietary. This seems like a
> relevant counterexample to your argument.

If I have to pay someone because they own something, that seems like a
pretty good indicator of a proprietary technology. Why would I have to
pay money if no one owns the codec?

> > > It's not available under royalty free licensing. But it is not under
> > > the control of a single vendor. That is the important difference, not
> > > whether the technology is patented or not.
> >
> > Proprietary technologies can come from a group of vendors as well.
> Yes, if that group is closed.

How can I join MPEG-LA?



Robert Sayre

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