[Foundation-l] Why don't we re-encode proprietary formats as Ogg?

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Sun Jun 7 15:26:47 UTC 2009

It would be a simple matter of programming to have something that
allows upload of encumbered video and audio formats and re-encode them
as Ogg Theora or Ogg Vorbis. It would greatly add to how much stuff we
get, as it would save the user the trouble of re-encoding, or
installing Firefogg, or whatever.

So why don't we do this? Has it been officially assessed as a legal
risk * (and I mean more than people saying it might be on a mailing
list **), has no-one really bothered, or what?

* until the Supreme Court uses in re Bilski to drive the software
patents into the ocean, cross fingers.
** though I fully expect people will now do so anyway

- d.

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