Posted on January 12, 2011 by Simon Phipps
When Google announced yesterday that they were withdrawing from their Chrome browser embedded support in the HTML5
<video> tag for the H.264 encoding standard, there was immediate reaction. While some of it was either badly informed views by people who can’t handle indirect causality or astroturf trolling by competitors, some of it was well-observed. For example, when they said:
“Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable
open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources
directed towards completely open codec technologies.”
they indicated that a motivation was to only use “completely open” technologies in Chrome. Yet they did not mention Adobe’s proprietary Flash system, designed for embedded media programming yet definitely not “completely open” even by Adobe’s special definitions of the word.
Continue reading on ComputerWorldUK…
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Posted on March 2, 2010 by Simon Phipps
Some very serious stuff in here, including insight into the degree to which European Commission bureaucrats are selling out European citizens rights. It’s a big document and I expect the analysis over the next week to reveal some matters of the greatest concern.
More analysis of the UK’s Digital Economy Bill reveals even more badness. The Bill will effectively eliminate photographers copyrights to photographs without formal registration, and give anyone the right to block photography in public places in the UK. The fact this bill is characterised by the government as “no problem” is outrageous. Both measures can be made to sound citizen-friendly but actually open out enormous loopholes that will reduce citizen rights dramatically.
Answer: yes, it is. That software you are using – like Final Cut Pro – does NOT include a license to distribute your end product and you need to separately pay fees to MPEG LA for anything you make with it. Very bad, very greedy.
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