Bass said:blowdart said:*snip*
Will that happen the day before or after Microsoft releases Windows under an open source license?
I suppose if Microsoft did do that they'd actually take them up on the offer. But it seems unlikely, I don't really think Microsoft wants to see HTML5 succeed. HTML is in competition with their "Windows Everywhere" strategy.
What's strange about the whole thing is we already have a patent free and high quality codec that was created and wide used by the BBC (called "Dirac"). It doesn't even seem to be under consideration.
But basically the patent system is broken here in the USA. Submarine patents are a big problem, even H.264 was threatened by one from Qualcomm. Actually H.264 was considered important enough that a judge basically said that if you have a submarine patent against H.264, you aren't allowed to use it, doesn't matter if it's "valid" or not. I wonder if the government will give other codecs similar treatment.
Ah no, no-one knows if Dirac violates any patents. Whereas one would assume MS would have been sued by now if WM* had.