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

Jeff Waugh jdub at perkypants.org
Mon Dec 17 06:07:53 UTC 2007

<quote who="Janet Hawtin">

> I dont think it is unreasonable to include commercial interest as a factor
> in people making decisions for or against a competing format. That isn't
> conspiracy theory that is fairly basic self interest?

Sure, but the commercial interest here was not to "block" free codecs, but
to limit additional risk. The HTML5 draft policy, which brought together
numerous different perspectives, reflects that.

The frustrating response is noisy, non-practitioning advocates with little
domain knowledge repeating things like "Nokia hate freedom" when they are
also great contributors to FLOSS. [ Luckily, this kind of view only very
rarely leaves the 'slashdot zone'. ;-) ]

Commercial interests do not always coincide with our interests, and we
should be prepared to accept that without flipping out.

- Jeff

linux.conf.au 2008: Melbourne, Australia        http://lca2008.linux.org.au/
  "But then one can only ask questions. One can't dictate answers." - Sam
                           Varghese, 'Journalist'

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