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

Platonides Platonides at gmail.com
Sun Jun 7 16:30:01 UTC 2009

David Gerard wrote:
> 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.

Isn't Firefogg good enough? That's the solution being developed.

IANAL but I have heard concerns that there would be problems if the
reencoding is done server side instead of at the client.

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