Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Jan 2011 17:44 UTC
Internet & Networking With yesterday's news that Google will be dropping H.264 support from the Chrome web browser, the internet was split in half. One one side, there's people who applaud the move, who are happy that Google is pushing an open, royalty-free and unencumbered video codec (irrespective of Google's motivation). On the other side, there are the H.264 supporters, who believe that H.264 is the one and only choice for HTML5 video. One of the most vocal and public figures in the latter group is John Gruber. Following his five questions for Google, here are ten questions for Gruber about WebM, H.264, and standards on the web.
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Torbjorn Vik Lunde
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So Google already have "set up an organization so many different companies can work together on WebM". exactly has been happening now for over six months.


I can't see how WebM could possibly be any more inclusive

I'm trying to find information on if WebM organisation (if there is one) is simply sponsored by Google, or also controlled by Google.

If it is only sponsored by Google, and control of it is democratic in similar fashion to how open web standards are developed, color me a believer. (Which does seem to be case.)

Edited 2011-01-13 11:34 UTC

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jabbotts Member since:

They can change the licensing in the future but not for what has already been released. What is currently available under the BSD license remains open to all and would become the starting point if it really came down to forking the code away from Google's control.

Though not BSD, MySQL is a good example; when the decisions of it's steward came into question, the source was forked into a new database project - by the original MySQL developer no less. More recently, the OpenOffice project; Oracle's stewardship of it since the Sun purchase has driven developers to fork the code starting the LibreOffice project.

Forking a project is not promoted as a first response but it is an option when no other remains.

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