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Idealism vs. pragmatism: Mozilla debates supporting H.264 video playback - Ars Technica

Good decision, especially since the MPEG LA (the group in charge of H.264 patents) announced in 2011 to extend its royalty-free H.264 policy for the life of the patent portfolio. Creators of H.264-encoded videos that are made free to watch on the web will never have to pay an H.264 licensing fee, while for-pay products and services like iTunes and Blu-ray still have to license the tech. Fair ‘nuff.

Google never bothered to drop H.264 support from Chrome like it threatened to, so Mozilla and Opera have been the only holdouts. Now is as good a time as ever to end this silly standoff so the web can finally standardize on a video technology.