[whatwg] Video Tag Proposal
aaron at ngrinder.com
Sat Mar 27 17:53:10 PDT 2010
Due to the proprietary nature of the H.264 codec and the expensive
licensing fees that go along with it, I propose that the MPEGLA and
the Licensors of the codec disclose the patents royalty free if the
codec is included as a part of the HTML5 specification. I am aware
that this is already a requirement of the W3C, but it seems the
license has not been disclosed yet.
Another issue behind the H.264 codec is that it is owned by some of
the worlds largest corporations. A list of the patent holders can be
found here: http://www.mpegla.com/main/programs/AVC/Pages/Licensors.aspx
After reviewing the patents and licensing agreements, browser
companies would be forced to pay large sums of money if they chose to
implement it. Also, web service creators who wish to offer video
encoding services would not be able to afford to pay for the license.
Naturally, Apple and Microsoft, would have no problems using the
codec in their browsers seeing as they are patent holders. This could
give them an unfair advantage financially and technologically.
The purpose of the W3C specification is to create an open and free
environment for the free advancement of web technologies. Proprietary
technologies such as the H264 codec only add to the fragmentation of
the browser and development industries. Isn't this the problem the
W3C is trying to solve with its specification?
If these issues have already been raised, please point me to the
correct forums for its discussion. Thank you.
aaron at nGrinder.com
129 Birkbeck Rd.
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