[vorbis] VP3.2 video codec open sourced

Jack Moffitt jack at xiph.org
Sun Sep 9 13:09:13 PDT 2001

> Is it ok for a Vorbis codec to use patents if the patent holders allow so?

Absolutely not.  What's to stop a patent holder from _changing their
mind_.  This has happened with MP3.  Unless each free user/developer has
a signed patent license from the patent holder, they basically have no
rights as I understand it.  Maybe something could be fanangled where the
FSF gets a signed infinite use license and _that_ is what the grants are
made from.  Then of course we've just moved our trust from On2 to FSF.
While I trust the FSF more, a business may not.  So in the end, we
haven't really satisfied the Freedom that we need.


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