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Re: [playogg-discuss] What's the consensus here on the Google/On2 purcha

From: Holmes Wilson
Subject: Re: [playogg-discuss] What's the consensus here on the Google/On2 purchase?
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 16:24:51 -0500
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On2 is the company that owns the patents to Theora. VP3 is the codec that they gave out under a perpetual, unconditional, royalty free license. That codec became Theora.

So, google is trying to buy On2 and some people think they will pull a similar move, and create a new, higher tech free format.

On 1/23/10 3:50 PM, Jeff Shippen wrote:
IDK what On2 and VP3 is, I don't know what you are talking about.

On 1/23/10 11:00 AM, Holmes Wilson wrote:
Hi all,

Curious what the consensus is on this list about the Google/On2 purchase.

Specifically: when that finally goes through (most people seem to
think it will eventually) do we think that Google will do what On2 did
with VP3 and create another free format?

Do we think they will use it on Youtube?

Anybody think they have another course in mind?

Did they just buy it to get more negotiating power against Adobe or
MPEG-LA, without intending to make a change?


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