No AAC/MP3/H.264 on the Open Web sign now

Dear Apple, Google, Microsoft,

We, the signers, appreciate the fact that today's Web is based on
royalty free standards, and we don't want that to change. Because of
this, we ask you to remove support for AAC, MP3, and H.264 from your
browsers.

Web audio and video should be free to encode, distribute and decode,
for commercial or non-commercial purpouses. Just as GIF, JPEG and PNG
are. AAC, MP3 and H.265 do not meet this requirement. We need to
assure to any independent software developer that s?he can start a new
Web browser from scratch and without spending a cent. That's how a Web
stays open, and not fully open just to those who have the resources to
pay royalties.

The decision must not be based on technological merits. Even if a non
royalty free codec has better performance and quality than any royalty
free codec that doesn't mean it is adequate to the open Web. Web
browser vendors must choose the best royalty free codec and then start
working together to improve it.

If you think AAC/MP3/H.264 is your only option, then we ask you not to
support HTML5 audio/video at all. That's way better than forcing other
developers to pay royalties.

Please remember the browser developers who don't have the same resources as you.

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Jeremy PowersBy:
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