I was going to leave this alone, especially now that it's moved to RW, but seriously, what the hell:
Xanthir wrote:Here's the thing. All right-thinking people want to avoid royalty-encumbered technologies from being baked into the web platform. h.264 is royalty-encumbered, thus all right thinking people want to avoid h.264 being baked into the web platform. Google's move is thus obvious - they're trying to keep the web stack free, because that helps everyone.
What is this, the thought police? All right-thinking people?!
What about the people who don't care about your politics, and who are willing to pay reasonable amounts of money for products that work?
Fuck politics. Baking royalty-encumbered technologies into the internet is a bad thing. Full stop. There is no "reasonable amount of money". The point isn't what *you* pay, it's what the next startup involved in video will be told they have to pay or else risk a ruinous lawsuit, so they'll just not start their business in the first place. The point is that Firefox wouldn't have existed if it had to pay h.264 license fees originally (even now, the fees would be, iirc, a good 20% of their operating budget).
"Reasonable and non-discriminatory fees" are neither. They destroy nascent industries, and massively benefit large players who can ignore the cost.
Where exactly is their thinking "wrong"? The world is full of companies who are willing to pay for good products, who make cost-benefit decisions based on actual cost and quality instead of "Gee Willikers patent-encumbered" or "its moar open". That's engineering. A huge pile of engineering firms in a variety of industries have decided that using h.264 is a sound engineering decision, despite the required royalty payments.
"despite the required royalty payments" is incorrect. Many of the large companies using h.264 are part of the patent pool, and thus don't pay any licensing fees (for example, both Apple and Microsoft).
I'll note as well that a pile of engineering firms have bet on WebM as well, given that we'll have production hardware decoders out this year.