Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
This story about yet another attempt to raise a tollgate on the Internet deserves having some extra attention called to it.
"The players from Google and Vimeo do present a pretty serious problem, though. Each of these require a proprietary H.264 codec to be able to view them. These codecs aren't compatible with the royalty-free web standards that the rest of the web is built on. The fact that they are being so unabashedly hyped along with the new darling of the web - HTML5 - means that most people don't understand that something very dangerous is taking place behind the scenes...
"Remember, this is still very early in H.264's history so the licensing is very friendly, just like it used to be for MP3.
The author, Christopher Blizzard, works for Mozilla. He has done his homework and gone far beyond the tech press in analyzing the issue. In fact, the tech press have totally missed this, and instead joined in cheerleading H.264. What journalists are missing out on is that H.264 is a patented codec, and that the patent holders expect to collect royalties.