Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th May 2010 16:28 UTC, submitted by bnolsen
Multimedia, AV Yes, I broke my own rules and used a "breaking" modifier for this story (let me have my fun for once). Here we have it, as the rumour mill suggested, Google has released the On2 VP8 video codec as open source (royalty free, BSD-style), while also launching the WebM container format which combines a VP8 video stream with Vorbis audio. Support for WebM has been enabled on YouTube's HTML5 beta, and you can download patches against ffmpeg as well as DirectShow filters for Windows (Gstreamer plugins are labelled as "coming soon"). Mac users are out of luck for now; no QuickTime plugins have been announced yet. Update: The WebM blog is now open - and the list of partners is pretty decent already. It includes ARM, NVIDIA, AMD, Qualcomm, and many others. Update II: VP8 will be baked into Flash. Update III: The Opera labs version with WebM support has been released too, for Linux, Mac, and Windows.
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In case of patent litigations
by bitwelder on Thu 20th May 2010 06:46 UTC
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2010-04-27

At least from a cursory look at the license FAQ, as in several parts it mentions "Google's patents" I reckon that should somebody bring up a patent litigation over a VP8-based product, that means calling straight away the 800-pound Google gorilla into court.

Just in case that same somebody thinks of a flanking attack via taiwanese/3rd-party companies...

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