Cisco: We’ll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

Networking titan Cisco Systems says it will open source its implementation of the H.264 video codec and release it as a free binary download. But just because Cisco’s H.264 modules and code will be available to others at no cost doesn’t mean the codec is no longer patent-encumbered. The only thing making the free version possible is Cisco’s willingness to eat all of the patent licensing costs itself.
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