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Google�s �Royalty-Free� WebM Video May Not Be Royalty-Free for Long

May 25, 2010, 10:32 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Paczkowski)

"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 (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT).

""The world would have a new free format unencumbered by software patents," the Free Software Foundation enthused in an open letter to Google (GOOG) earlier this year. "Viewers, video creators, free software developers, hardware makers–everyone–would have another way to distribute video without patents, fees, and restrictions."

"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."

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