> However, mp3 is not free...yet. Some of these patents are set to expire on their 20 year time frame in a couple of years it would seem.
Yes, the next MP3 patent expires this Sunday. The longest patent seems to expire in 2018 but that appears to be MPEG-2 LSF and only required for low sample rate MP3s. So the next furthest date looks like April 2017 but it may be worth double checking the dates on those around 2014/2015.
Microsoft Previews IE9 — HTML5, SVG, Fast JS
Ubuntu doesn't seem to have a problem redistributing H.264 support in libavcodec.
New Firefox Vulnerability Revealed
As far as the Vista stories go, the network/copying/audio issues had to (or were believed to at the time) do with the DRM laden audio chain.
Google Chrome's Inclusion of FFMpeg Vs. the LGPL
> Oddly, I have Chrome 18.104.22.168, but no FFMPEG license in sight.
That's because <video> support was added in Chrome 3.x
Ogg Theora In Firefox, With Wikimedia Support
Really , what is the point? Its not like every other video format on the planet is closed source with a fee required. MPEG2 and MPEG3 are the ISO standard and the de facto free standard for most high bandwidth video apps these days and MPEG 4 for low bandwidth, deal with it and stop re-inventing the fscking wheel just to play OSS one upmanship.
There is no such thing as MPEG3