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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RE: patent pool
by geleto on Wed 19th May 2010 16:59 UTC in reply to "patent pool"
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Similar thing happened to Microsoft's VC-1. It was supposed to be royality free, but MPEG-LA quickly gathered a license pool:

If google does not fight back the same thing will happen with VP8. They can use the On2 video patents against the MPEG-LA members. On2 has been in this business for a very long time and probably has many patents that cover H264 functionality.

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RE[2]: patent pool
by jokkel on Wed 19th May 2010 17:02 in reply to "RE: patent pool"
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I would think so, too. The only two results can be: endless lawsuit or free cross licensing of the patents involved.
Google has the financial power to really push.

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