- Critique of Google dropping H.264 support in Chrome misses point of encumbrance
I ordinarily enjoy the articles, even the more editorially slanted ones, by Peter Bright at Ars Technica, but the logic in this critique is a bit tortured. I still have questions about the consistency of Google commitment to open source but claiming H.264 is more open than Ogg Theora and WebM is misleading at best. The point isn’t whether these technologies are blessed by a standards body or even whether they were designed and developed in the open but that patent law makes no allowance for independent invention. If an open source developer wants to develop an implementation of H.264 that would be beyond the reach of a patent claim, I submit this is impossible. Debatable claims about submarine patents aside, this is not the case with either Theora or WebM. Cost is a red herring, I think the real issue is control.
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