Re: [rtcweb] Proposal for H.263 baseline codec

Dean Willis <> Fri, 20 April 2012 04:42 UTC

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Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 23:42:39 -0500
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Subject: Re: [rtcweb] Proposal for H.263 baseline codec
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On Apr 19, 2012, at 10:32 AM, Randell Jesup wrote:

> Quite true (though I've played one on TV^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H amateur lawyer quite a bit in a former job).  That document agrees with my comments (IANAL!!) so far as I can tell, and the basic answer is still "No, do not assume you're safe because you're using a codec published more than 6 years ago."  Not assuming you're safe is always the safe thing to do.  ;-)

To paraphrase Whedon: You're never truly safe; the ancient ones are down there waiting. Miss a blood sacrifice, and there''s hell to pay.

Or,  Lubarsky's alternative cognate: There's always one more patent.

There is, however, a margin of safety in numbers. If many little red riding hoods have walked the path before you and others walk beside you, the chance of meeting a wolf are reduced. Or you might just meet a VERY HUNGRY wolf. But you have a chance of hearing the screams and being able to run away.

On the other hand, if you KNOW there's  a wolf on the hunt, stay home.