Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th May 2010 23:22 UTC
Multimedia, AV There's an incredible amount of momentum behind Google's WebM Project. Opera, Mozilla, and of course Google will all include it in their browsers by default, meaning about 35% of web users will be able to use it with a minimal amount of fuss. On top of that, Microsoft has changed its previously announced plans to make HTML5 video in Internet Explorer 9 H264-only to include VP8 as well. Only Apple's opinion was unclear - until now.
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RE[4]: Won't matter
by PresentIt on Sun 23rd May 2010 13:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Won't matter"
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Maybe you didn't accept H.264 as the standard (nor did I, nor did the general public), but the industry had*, until Google used it's monopoly power to change that.

Monopolies aren't automatically bad, especially in cases like this where the "monopoly" (you are probably referring to YouTube) is used to create a free and open standard, which benefits the entire market.

In theory, a patent holder in the H.264 patent pool (I don't refer to Microsoft or Apple, but one of the many others in that patent pool) could sue Google for abusing its monopoly in the web video market to stamp out usage of H.264 on the web, thus denying that patent holder the income it would otherwise have received. I don't support that, but I could see someone making that case in theory.

Monopoly is only abused when it's to the detriment of the market. Google's use of its monopoly in this case is clearly beneficial for the market as whole.

If VP8 were clearly superior, that would be one thing. But apparently H.264 is superior, yet is being denied its rightful place in the market due to Google's monopoly power. I don't see how anyone could really deny that that's what's happenning here.

I deny that. VP8 is better than H.264 baseline, which is all that matters (because baseline is the only thing all those devices out there support).

And even if it wasn't, Google has not abused its monopoly power. Instead, it has used it to strengthen free and open standards. The very opposite of abuse.

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