By webmink on Jan 29, 2010
A long, must-read article that draws lessons from previous experiences (with GIF and MP3) to explain why anyone with concerns for liberty should discourage use of H.264 and promote alternatives. The link below is to a letter where the licensing company for H.264 even explains that they are using the drug-dealer model to minimise consumer fears via no-cost licensing while threatening implementors with aggressive legal action. I'm still 100% in agreement with Mozilla on this one.
Pretty good synopsis of the interview I gave, which ironically appears to be locked up behind a paywall.
If you are in any doubt that H.264 cannot be implemented legally as open source, take a look at this letter from MPEG-LA.