Re: [rtcweb] ~"I'd love it if patents evaporated...If not now, when"

Ron <ron@debian.org> Thu, 14 November 2013 01:01 UTC

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Subject: Re: [rtcweb] ~"I'd love it if patents evaporated...If not now, when"
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On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 05:32:17PM -0500, cowwoc wrote:
> Start with H.261 and replace it the moment you find something better.

Except this would essentially be an RFC 6919 MUST (BUT WE KNOW YOU WON"T)
recommendation, since nobody is going to spend development effort on a
thing that gives thumbnail video that wasn't even acceptable for users
in the 80's.

> Forcing us to transcode or drop video calls is not a solution.

... which means you'll still have exactly this problem - no solution.

If MTI video is important, the selected codec does need to be better
than the equivalent of mandating morse as the MTI audio channel.


Either we mandate something that is of good quality and has a licence
that allows anyone to use it - or we accept that the people trying to
hijack the potential ubiquity of this standard have succeeded in that.

Seems like a pretty simple choice to me.

  Ron