Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Apr 2011 09:20 UTC
Google The revolution has begun! Web video will be freed from the shackles of the MPEG-LA and the dreaded claws of patents and incomprehensible licenses! Sorry, I got a little carried away there. Anywho, YouTube has announced all new videos uploaded to the site will be transcoded into WebM, and that the most important part of the site's catalogue is already available in WebM.
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RE: Opensource, not open...
by lemur2 on Wed 20th Apr 2011 10:36 UTC in reply to "Opensource, not open..."
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Thom you again use "opensource" and "open" interoperably when the only ones who actually believe that are those who really think they're not paying "royalties" for video on YouTube if it's in WebM format.

If you can read AND comprehand them, and still believe WebM is open, I have a nice bridge I'd like to sell you.

Opensource != open

Google are sitting back and laughing all the way to the bank with a barely audible chant of "come in suckers" playing in the background, and rightfully so - the suckers have taken the bait hook, line and sinker. Welcome to the new Google RDF...


Here is the documentation for WebM:

The spec has been submitted to the ITEF

Here is the license for WebM:

Here is what the specification says about the license, it happens to be the exact same text as appears in the license itself:
VP8 Bitstream Specification License

Google hereby grants to You a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, irrevocable (except as stated in this section) patent license to make, have made, use, offer to sell, sell, import, and otherwise transfer implementations of this specification where such license applies only to those patent claims, both currently owned by Google and acquired in the future, licensable by Google that are necessarily infringed by implementation of this specification.

Anyone may use, anyone may implement, full permission is granted irrevocably and in perpetuity (as long as you don't sue Google).

How is this not open? On what planet?

Your challenge is to explain how this is not open.

Edited 2011-04-20 10:50 UTC

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