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Spread Open Media: Free Formats Benefit Free Software

Sep 16, 2007, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by D.C. Parris)

[ Thanks to D.C. Parris for this link. ]

"When and why was Spread Open Media started?
SOM started somewhere in March or April of this year. The Xiph.Org Foundation lacked a portal or even a community that bothered to promote their formats. I reckon there's a lot of hatred, or may hatred is much of a strong word, say dislikeness towards free formats, even from FS fans. When they perceive it as a threat against their pirate collection of MP3 albums and Xvid films, they become defensive and fail to understand that free software without Open Media is nothing. What's the whole point of making source code available and free to change when the files the programs are supposed to deal with are proprietary and heavily patented...?"

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