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Submission + - Nokia claims Ogg format is "proprietary" 2

a nona maus writes: Several months ago the WHATWG workgroup of the W3C decided to include Ogg/Theora+Vorbis as the recommended baseline video codec standard for HTML5, against Apple's aggressive protest. Now, Nokia seems to be seeking a reversal of that decision: they have released a position paper calling Ogg "proprietary" and citing the importance of DRM support. Nokia has historically responded to questions about Ogg on their internet tablets with strange and inconsistent answers, along with hand waving about their legal department. This latest step is enough to really make you wonder what they are really up to.
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Nokia claims Ogg format is "proprietary"

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  • The post focuses on a single detail: the author calls Ogg a "proprietary format". This is of course a regrettable and stupid comment as Ogg, Theora and Vorbis are not proprietary in any sense. But I suggest reading the whole paper which is an interesting and valid point of view. They are AGAINST the decision of the W3C to recommend those format for Web video. They use three arguments:

    1. Theora video is somewhat based on H.261 and is obsolete in regards with recent developments such as H.264 and VP8 from On2
  • I guess the DRM pundits fear OGG. Good. We don't.

    As much as the industry wants to corral us into lock-in that DRM provides, the fact is most people want an open, compatible, DRM free and royalty free formats. We want the portability, including that of what operating systems it runs on. We don't want to have to buy the same song on each new generation of devices and formats. We want to have a library of content. Be dammed if I am going to re-purchase all my CDs! If I can't rip/copy it, I don't own it

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