[ffii] FFII welcomes Google's move to open VP8 video format

arebenti at ffii.org arebenti at ffii.org
Wed May 19 20:31:51 CEST 2010

[ Technology / Patent / Web ]
FFII welcomes Google's move to open VP8 video format

Berlin, May 19th 2010 -- Today Google announced it would make the VP8
codec open source and royalty-free as part of their WebM project. The
codec is on par with other video codecs for high video quality and can be
used in the emerging HTML5 web standard for playing video content natively
in a web browser. HTML5, the VP8 video codec and Vorbis audio codec are
open standards and thus require no royalty-bearing patents license.

"The web is based on open standards, a patent-unencumbered world, allowing
developers to create applications without patent toll gates", explains
FFII board member Stephan Uhlmann. "We are happy to see Google use its
market force to keep the web open."

The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) had called on
the company behind the video site Youtube to support a patent free video
codec for the upcoming HTML5 technology. The video codec VP8 was acquired
by Google together with On2 technologies.

HTML5 will be the next generation of the world wide web, but the standard
has been delayed by a clash over streaming video patent licensing
conditions. In a controversial move Microsoft and Apple indicated they
would support the H.264 video codec only, which is encumbered by more than
1000 patents.

"Support for the VP8 video codec by their popular web browsers Internet
Explorer and Safari is only a matter of time", says FFII board member
André Rebentisch. "In the Web openness always prevails".


FFII call to support open video fromats in HTML5

The WebM project: high-quality, open video format for the web

FFII Open Standards Working Group

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