Appropriately following our explainer on why HTML5 won't save the internet (yet) and the embedded discussion about video codecs and the future of internet video, MPEG LA—who licenses the h.264 codec—has announced they're going to continue H.264's royalty freeness for free internet video through 2016.

Which sounds like it melts some of Mozilla's core objections to anointing h.264 the internet video standard, but shnope. They're pretty committed to a fully free and open standard. Just see Mozilla engineering VP's longer post on the subject. What, you thought things would actually get resolved anytime soon? [MPEG LA via Daring Fireball]