Is the radioactive H.264 going to poisoning us, and the web, until 2028?

Posted by mbaehrlxer on Mar 22, 2012 12:36 AM EDT
Free Software Magazine; By Tony Mobily
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Whether we like it or not, H.264 is "the" de-facto standard on the Internet. Every time you visit Youtube, you are watching a video encoded using the H.264 standard. The video quality is great, the compression is astonishing. And so is the price. H.264 is subject to a huge number of software patents. You need to pay hefty licensing fees if you want to create H.264 files today. We, the users, are not feeling this as we are not paying a cent. However, the freedomes allowed by this format are limited, and vague at best: here is why.

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