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Free Software Foundation Asks Google To Kill Flash
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 18:53

From Information World

Noting that Apple has ditched Flash for "for suspect reasons and using abhorrent methods (DRM)," the FSF wants Google to deal Flash a "death-blow."

With Google finally winning approval to acquire video technology company On2 from the company's shareholders last week, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) on Friday published an open letter to Google asking it to free the Web from Flash and H.264 video.

 

 



The FSF supports software that is free of licensing restrictions and is open source. Because both Flash and H.264 are proprietary technologies, the FSF wants to see an alternative video encoding technology become the Web standard. Google now controls just such a technology, On2's VP8 codec.

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"With your purchase of On2, you now own both the world's largest video site (YouTube) and all the patents behind a new high performance video codec -- VP8," the FSF says in its letter to Google. "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)."  [More...] [Comments...]

 

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