Once Google has acquired (for $133 million) video encoding company ON2 Technologies and its V8 video codec, the internet community speculates what the search engine might do.
Will it open source and push for its mainstream adoption by making it the default codec for YouTube videos?
That's many people desire, including the team of Amigot Interactive. We don't like the to live under Adobe's Flash' dominance.
- "Just think what you can achieve by releasing the VP8 codec under an irrevocable royalty-free license and pushing it out to users on YouTube? You can end the web's dependence on patent-encumbered video formats and proprietary software (Flash)."
- "You have the leverage to make such free formats a global standard."
- "Patented video codecs have already done untold harm to the web and its users, and this will continue until we stop it." (...) "Until we move to free formats, the threat of patent lawsuits and licensing fees hangs over every software developer, video creator, hardware maker, web site and corporation --including you."
- "Now it's your turn. We'll know if you do otherwise that your interest is not user freedom on the web, but Google's dominance."