[theora] An Open Letter To Google

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 22 13:18:22 PST 2010

2010/2/22  <xiphmont at xiph.org>:
> ==Silvia and Ivo
> We don't know what Google's going to do.  If they release VP8 open
> source, that is absolutely a good thing.  Yeah, it muddies the waters
> a little bit when things are already chaotic, but that's the kind of
> problem you wish for.
> Or Google could do nothing with VP8.  Or keep it for commercial
> deployment only.  Or something else we don't expect.  This is Google
> after all; for all their support of technical openness, they're as
> good at preventing leaks as Apple wishes they were.
> The only possibility that makes me cringe is if VP8 is released with
> an aaaalmost open license that isn't good enough for real FOSS
> non-strings deployment.
> Monty

Yeah, I have similar fears, which is why I wrote the blog post. Really
more to get Google to think it all through and think it through

Note that In my blog post I do not assume that Google will free VP8 -
I discuss it because others are asking for it, in particular the FSF,
and regard it as the save-us-all. I am skeptical of that.


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