[Linux-aus] Fwd: Ogg Vorbis and Theora removed from HTML5

Anthony Towns aj at azure.humbug.org.au
Mon Dec 17 04:11:14 UTC 2007

On Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 12:03:08PM +1030, Michael Davies wrote:
> Of course that threat exists with other formats - no-one can guarantee  
> that MWF or Quicktime or whatever don't violate an existing submarine  
> patent out there.  

Of course, Quicktime and WMV and what not are already used by people
with big enough pockets that anyone with submarine patents relating to
them would almost certainly already have surfaced. For Ogg, there aren't
so many folks with deep pockets who could be hit up for royalties yet,
so better to stay submerged.

Of course, the same thing's going to be true of any other new open formats

The only hope you've got for new proprietary formats is that anyone
who might happen to have patented some of the technology you reinvent
isn't going to reverse-engineer your format to prove you're using their

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