Open letter to Google: free VP8, and use it on YouTube Open letter to Google: free VP8, and use it on YouTube
The Theora codec is derived from the proprietary VP3 codec, released into the public domain by On2 Technologies. Google has now bought the On2 company.
The Free Software Foundation has published an open letter to Google:
“With its purchase of the On2 video compression technology company having been completed on Wednesday February 16, 2010, Google now has the opportunity to make free video formats the standard, freeing the web from both Flash and the proprietary H.264 codec.”
Read also Google’s challenges of freeing VP8; in this blog post it is argued how the purchase could mean a step forwards on the road to a universally acceptable free video codec.