Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Sep 2010 23:04 UTC
Google A few months ago, Google open sourced the VP8 video codec as part of the WebM video project, to create a truly Free/free unencumbered video format for the web as an answer to the non-Free/free patent-encumbered H264 format. Today, Google launched a new image format for the web, WebP, which aims to significantly reduce the file size of photos and images on the web.
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FealDorf
Member since:
2008-01-07

Exactly. Also, JPEG XR has other features such as lossy+lossless compression and HDR imaging while being OSS-friendly. WebP's only advantage is that google owns the IP -- whether they wish to use it or not -- while JPEG-XR's IP is owned by Microsoft.

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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Exactly. Also, JPEG XR has other features such as lossy+lossless compression and HDR imaging while being OSS-friendly.

Microsoft released JPEG-XR under a licence that intentionally prohibits use in copyleft (GPL) licenced works.

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FealDorf Member since:
2008-01-07

That's for the library they released. Not the specification itself. It however permits BSD licenced software, also I believe it can work with LGPL (I'm not sure of this though).

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