OpenH264 in Fedora

Bruno Wolff III bruno at
Mon Nov 4 19:03:17 UTC 2013

On Mon, Nov 04, 2013 at 10:20:44 -0800,
   Gregory Maxwell <gmaxwell at> wrote:
>On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM, Bruno Wolff III <bruno at> wrote:
>> Another thing to worry about is how the binary is licensed. Accepting that
>> license (even in places where software patents don't apply) could
>> potentially cause issues. I haven't read the license for it yet, but most
>I've seen this sentiment expressed in several posts. There are H.264
>patents in the MPEG-LA AVC patent pool current and issued in something
>like 46 countries. I haven't checked what percentage of the world's
>population the list covers, but I would be surprised if it weren't on
>the order of >95%. (
> )
>In the US, at least, accepting a patent license (even paying for one)
>doesn't preclude you from challenging the validity of a patent.

I was thinking more of the non-commercial use restrictions you might end 
up agreeing to when you accept the license of the binary. In the places 
where software patents didn't apply, you'd probably either use x264 or 
build openh264 from source to avoid those restrictions.

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