Re: [rtcweb] Codec Draft

"Timothy B. Terriberry" <tterriberry@mozilla.com> Thu, 15 December 2011 19:09 UTC

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> Really is the language below so objectionable? It is straightforward and
> constructive.

Yes.

> "The REQUIRED video codec should be a royalty-free codec which has been
> specified by a recognized standards process such as MPEG or other
> due-process standards group and provide reviewable substantiation of its
> royalty-free status."

This shouldn't be the bar for picking a codec, and hasn't been the bar 
even for those of us who strongly advocate for RF formats. Neither MPEG 
nor anyone else has ever publicly provided such "reviewable 
substantiation" of the complete IPR status of any codec, and even MPEG 
LA specifically disclaims any implication that they provide a license to 
all patents necessary to implement their formats.

What actually matters is, are people willing to ship it? So far there's 
no evidence that the conditions you want to impose are even sufficient 
to get all browser vendors to ship a single codec, much less necssary.