[Theora] troll or truth ?

Maik Merten maikmerten at gmx.net
Tue Mar 22 13:09:11 PST 2005

Rakotomandimby (R12y) Mihamina wrote:
> But I generally understoud his opinion. What to think? I would like not
> to believe him, espacially when he assumes Theora is as "good" as
> MPEG-1... so...

Most of this wrong.

a) Xiph never claimed that Theora is patent-free. It is not patent free.
However, On2 granted an *unrevocable free license* to all patents that
cover VP3 technology. There are no other patent claims known - and On2
is fairly well known name in the video codec industry.

Xiph never lied about Theora's patent. It's this guy that lies by
claiming the contrary.

b) VP3 performs much better than MPEG 1. I don't know where people get
those strange ideas that VP3 is only comparable to MPEG 1.


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