An anonymous reader writes "Well, that didn't take long. Larry Horn, CEO of MPEG-LA, the consortium that controls the AVC/H.264 video standard, says the group is looking at creating a patent pool license for VP8 and WebM, Google's new open source, royalty-free HTML5 video format... So much for a Web video standard unencumbered by patent issues."
We talked about VP8/WebM
a couple of days ago when Google open sourced it. Reader Stoobalou points out another late-night email from Steve Jobs
, who was asked to comment on VP8 vs. H.264. Jobs laconically sent a pointer to the technical analysis
we linked before, where the poster says "VP8 copies way too much from H.264 for anyone sane to be comfortable with it, no matter whose word is behind the claim of being patent-free."