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From: Fabrice Florin <>
Date: Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM
Subject: [Commons-l] RfC: Should we support MP4 Video on our sites?
To: Wikimedia Commons Discussion List <>


The Wikimedia Foundation's multimedia team seeks your guidance on a
proposal to support the MP4 video format. As you know, this digital video
standard is used widely around the world to record, edit and watch videos
on mobile phones, desktop computers and home video devices. It is also
known as H.264/MPEG-4 or AVC. (1)

Supporting the MP4 format would make it much easier for our users to view
and contribute video on Wikimedia projects -- and video files could be
offered in dual formats on our sites, so we could continue to support
current open formats (WebM and Ogg Theora).

However, MP4 is a patent-encumbered format, and using a proprietary format
would be a departure from our current practice of only supporting open
formats on our sites -- even though the licenses appear to have acceptable
legal terms, with only a small fee required.

We would appreciate your guidance on whether or not we should support MP4
on our sites. The Request for Comments presents views both in favor and
against MP4 support, based on opinions we’ve heard in our discussions with
community and team members.

What do you think? We would be grateful for your comments here:

All users are welcome to participate, whether you are active on Commons,
Wikipedia, other Wikimedia project -- or any site that uses content from
our free media repository.

We also invite you to join our Office Hours Chat on IRC this Thursday,
January 16, at 19:00 UTC, if you would like to discuss this project with
our team and other community members:

We look forward to a constructive discussion with you and other community
members, so we can make a more informed decision together about this
important question.

All the best,

Fabrice Florin
Product Manager, Multimedia
Wikimedia Foundation

Multimedia Team Hub:

(1) About MP4:


Fabrice Florin
Product Manager
Wikimedia Foundation


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Wikimedia Foundation

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