[whatwg] Video Tag Proposal

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Wed Mar 31 01:11:43 PDT 2010

On 29 March 2010 00:03, Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 7:14 AM, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

>> The catch with Vorbis is that if you support it, whoever owns the MP3
>> patents charges you a lot more.
>> (That's why I have an MP3 player that does Ogg Vorbis but does not
>> mention the fact in the packaging, documentation or advertising in any
>> manner whatsoever.)

> That would be crazy, cause no MP3 patents apply to Vorbis. You are
> able to use Vorbis without an MP3 license and the MPEG-LA should not
> be able to charge you more just because your want to support both
> codecs in your product. I believe that would not be legal.
> Do you have a concrete example, like a quote or something, that confirms this?

It's from speaking to people at companies who've been bitten by this.
(It works something like "you will be ineligible for this substantial
discount if you implement Vorbis.") No quotable citation, sorry.

- d.

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