Re: [rtcweb] Proposed Video Selection Process

Stefan Slivinski <> Thu, 21 November 2013 21:35 UTC

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While I will readily admit this isn't the best analogy I think taking this to extremes and suggesting that someone working in their garage is at risk of being sued for IP infringement and then using that as justification for just requiring H.261 is a bit of a stretch.

From: Leon Geyser []
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That is a completely different situation. We are talking about the open web. Not some propriety disc format controlled by big companies.
They can deal with IPR easily. Average people who want to work out of their garage do want other options even if it isn't the best.
Besides this has been pointed out millions of times: Nothing stops anyone to implement VP8 or H.264 if H.261 is made MTI.

On 21 November 2013 23:04, Stefan Slivinski <<>> wrote:
I think arguing in favor of a legacy codec is completely counter productive to the proliferation of webrtc.  This working group is attempting to avoid dealing with the obvious IPR issues with vp8 and h.264 that any and every webrtc vendor is going to have to deal with.  We are basically saying 'we don't know how to deal with this problem so you're on your own' which is completely the wrong message to send as an organization.

Can you imagine if the bluray groups said we don't want to deal with h.264 IPR issues so we'll just mandate h.261?

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From: Martin Thomson [<>]
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On 21 November 2013 12:48, Basil Mohamed Gohar
<<>> wrote:
> Has anyone actually objected to H.261 being the one MTI codec [...] ?

More than one person has already.

And I find the argument raised quite compelling.  It's hard to justify
spending valuable time and resources on implementing something that
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