Re: [rtcweb] H.261

Stefan Slivinski <> Fri, 22 November 2013 20:14 UTC

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As I'm sure everyone in this group is aware, Cisco has provided an open source implementation of H.264 and they will cover the patent licensing fees.  Seems like this would be a good option for the little guys worried about dealing with the mpeg-la

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From: Daniel-Constantin Mierla [] 
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To: Stefan Slivinski; Maik Merten;
Subject: Re: [rtcweb] H.261

On 11/22/13 8:30 PM, Stefan Slivinski wrote:
> No, this is taking things to extremes.  This codec hasn't been used in any industry for 15 years.  The entire video conferencing industry uses H.264, the broadcast industry uses H.264, the streaming video industry uses H.264, facetime, skype both use H.264.  The list goes on and on.  There is not a single company is existence today using H.261 over H.264 because of patent fears.  It is asinine that this is even being discussed.

You misunderstood the issue. h264 has already an incompatible licensing policy for many situations, especially towards open source. Not using
h264 is not about fears of new patents, but because of the conditions imposed by exiting patents.

The vp8 vs h261 is actually the case when today none of them has a known/final incompatible license, but of course, the future is not known. Against vp8 there are some claims, but none with a final decision in court (some already dismissed in early stages).


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