Unlicensed Codecs Could Expose Users to Legal Risk

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http://www.linuxinsider.com – One of the key objections Mozilla and its supporters have had to the use of H.264 codecs for HTML5 video -- the built-in decoding system being developed for the next edition of HTML -- is that it's proprietary technology. As such, there are no guarantees against the rights holders to that technology staking claims to it and charging money for it -- and there may not be much protection against others who believe they have claims on it to test their theories in a full-scale patent infringement trial. (General)