“The announcement of Google’s new WebM video format and release of the VP8 video codec as an open standard have been hailed by some as the move that will free the Web from the proprietary H.264 codec widely used for online video today and favored by Apple and Microsoft,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.
“A new era of Web video without the patent-encumbered formats that have defined the Internet to date. That seems ideal. But like many ideals, it may prove to be unattainable. As a number of observers have already noted VP8 isn’t free from patent liability. And now that Google has open-sourced it as part of WebM, that liability is likely to become an issue,” Paczkowski reports. “And quickly, too.”
Paczkowski reports, “Indeed, Larry Horn, CEO of MPEG LA, the consortium that controls the AVC/H.264 video standard, tells me that the group is already looking at creating a patent pool license for VP8.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers "Fred Mertz" and "Lava_Head_UK" for the heads up.]