h.264 vs VP8: the politics of internet video
There’s a fight over video codecs brewing on the Internet. First, the bad news; the most popular video codec specification in the world – h.264 – used all over the web, on blu-rays and in broadcast media, is patented up the wazoo. The patent licensing deal is a poisoned chalice. If you join, you agree include all their users in a shakedown scheme: If you start making money from your video, film, documentary, etc., and a device capable of decoding/encoding h.264 was involved, anywhere, then you have to give the h.264 people a slice. So, how have the denizens of the web, defenders of freeness and openness, reacted?