Cisco has announced the planned release of its H.264 video codec under the BSD license. "We plan to open-source our H.264 codec, and to provide it as a binary module that can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Cisco will not pass on our MPEG LA licensing costs for this module, and based on the current licensing environment, this will effectively make H.264 free for use in WebRTC." Mozilla has announced that it will incorporate this binary module into Firefox.
October 30, 2013
Cisco to Release an Open-Source H.264 Codec
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