"What journalists are missing out on is that H.264 is a patented
codec, and that the patent holders expect to collect royalties. The
last H.264 patents expire in 2028. Mr. Blizzard draws some apt
parallels with GIF and MP3, and the problems caused when patented,
royalty-burdened technologies collide with a supposedly open and
unencumbered Web. This is a must-read for anyone wanting more good
information and less not-well-informed cheerleading on these
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