[Ffmpeg-devel] Google Summer Of Code

Michel Bardiaux mbardiaux
Wed Apr 26 10:47:55 CEST 2006

M?ns Rullg?rd wrote:
> Mike Melanson <mike at multimedia.cx> writes:
>>M?ns Rullg?rd wrote:
>>>The good thing about H.264 is that the spec is (fairly) freely
>>	Eh, same with all of the rest of the so-called "open" MPEG
>>	specs. Even if you can get ahold of a possibly outdated and
>>	slightly errant draft spec, good luck understanding it. Then
> All the ITU specs are available from the ITU website free of charge.
> The ISO standards are open in the sense that they're only asking for
> some money.  You don't need to sign any NDAs or other nasties.
Unfortunately they have a *big* missing part: patents (whatever one's 
opinion on patents). All 3 MPEG-1 ISO/IEC 11172 specs quote pages and 
pages of possible patent holders, even though IIRC only Audio Layer 3 
has any dispute related to it (BTW when does the patent in question 
expire? Should be soon, no?)

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