[LINK] Role of Government in National ICT Policy

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Wed Feb 29 09:03:57 AEDT 2012

It is not a software problem - it is the decoder. This is the problem that 
saw no Codecs being specified in the HTML Standard.

> Does HTML5 provide for Royalty-Free video and audio codecs?
> Question: Since no video codec and container format have been specified yet, CPs and service providers have to prepare multiple versions of same video contents for browsers supporting different codecs and container formats with HTML5. Therefore, it would be nice to specify (mandatorily) supported codec(s) and container format(s). When do you estimate this can be done? Or is it possible that this can be done at all?
>     The W3C HTML Working Group has not identified a Royalty-Free video codec or container format that would satisfy all parties. There are various requirements to consider, including the W3C Royalty-Free licensing commitments and various open source projects (Mozilla, Webkit). W3C is still highly interested in finding a solution in this space. At the moment, two video codecs seem to cover all major Web browsers. 

On MP3 License:
> "The licensing terms of Thomson and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, who are the owners of the mp3 patents, have changed. Now not only mp3 encoders but also mp3 decoders require a license. This page lists the fees -- it's $0.75 per decoder. As a consequence, Red Hat has already removed all mp3 players from the Rawhide development version."

David Boxall wrote:
> On 28/02/2012 1:42 PM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> ...
>> After downloading the 5.5MB file, ...
> Do you think that a stream would have proved smaller?

Streaming has the advantage that you didn't have to download the whole lot 
to discover you couldn't view it.

>>> The required software to play this file is not installed....
> That was your choice. For me, Medibuntu generally avoids such 
> difficulties. Do you really expect the world to march to your tune?

I am not into blindly marching to tunes.
How does Medibutu handle the MP3 decoding license?

Here's the alternative:
> The WebM project is dedicated to developing a high-quality, open video format for the web that is freely available to everyone.
> WebM is supported by Mozilla, Opera, Adobe, Google and more than seventy other publishers and software and hardware vendors. Learn more.


Brenda Aynsley wrote:
> is this any help?
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats/ConvertingToOpen

Marghanita da Cruz
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