[whatwg] Codecs (was Re: Apple Proposal for Timed Media Elements)
Christian F.K. Schaller
christian at fluendo.com
Fri Mar 23 03:02:27 PDT 2007
It is an Urban Legend that there are no software patents in the EU. True
enough there is no 'EU' software patents, but a lot of member states do
have them. I suggest going the MPEG LA's webpage and looking at the
patent lists they have there for MPEG4. You will notice that a lot of
the patents are from EU countries.
On Fri, 2007-03-23 at 08:35 +0000, Gareth Hay wrote:
> Not in the EU, no such thing as a software patent.
> On 23 Mar 2007, at 04:55, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > On Fri, 23 Mar 2007, Robert Sayre wrote:
> >> MPEG-4 is proprietary, because it is covered by patents.
> > I hate to be the one to break this to you, but CSS is covered by
> > patents,
> > HTML is covered by patents, the DOM is covered by patents,
> > covered by patents, and so forth. Proprietary technologies are
> > those that
> > are under the control of a single vendor. MPEG-4 is not proprietary.
> > 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.
> > --
> > Ian Hickson U+1047E )
> > \._.,--....,'``. fL
> > http://ln.hixie.ch/ U+263A /, _.. \ _
> > \ ;`._ ,.
> > Things that are impossible just take longer. `._.-(,_..'--
> > (,_..'`-.;.'
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