Linked by David Adams on Fri 20th Apr 2012 01:31 UTC, submitted by fsmag
Multimedia, AV "When I started working on a no-DRM, open-standards-based solution for distributing high-definition video on fixed media ('Lib-Ray'), I naturally thought of Theora, because it was developed as a free software project. Several people have suggested, though, that the VP8 codec would be a better fit for my application. This month, I've finally gotten the necessary vpxtools and mkvtoolnix packages installed on my Debian system, and so I'm having a first-look at VP8. The results are very promising, though the tools are somewhat finicky."
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if H.264 is shot down it will cost MPEG-LA huge piles of money therefor they have a stake in the fight. Google on the other hand other than using it some on YouTube really doesn't seem to care one way or another about WebM so you would be on your own.

While Google doesn't depend on codec-business as their main source of income it would still hurt their business and income if MPEG-LA did actually attack VP8/WebM. If you had been following the trends you'd notice that Google is slowly building WebM/VP8 support into all their relevant services and applications, they have various kinds of deals with H/W manufacturers regarding support for it, and so on.

This has been discussed at length before, even here on OSNews, but in short the situation seems to be as thus: when Google acquired On2 they acquired also some patents that predate H.264 and which H.264 seemingly does violate and thus both sides have 'weaponry' to aim at the other side. The thing is, it would be a bad business decision on either side to actually do anything about it as it could at worst lead to both of them losing large portions of their related patent-portfolio. That would be devastating for MPEG-LA as their main source of income is licensing fees from their codecs whereas Google has other means of securing income.

In other words, the elephant may indeed exist, but it's all tied up in chains and red tape.

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