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[News] FSF Pressures Google for Free/Libre YouTube

  • Subject: [News] FSF Pressures Google for Free/Libre YouTube
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 07:49:59 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Media Advisory: Controversial Free-Software Activist to Speak at UB

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| Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Project and the Free Software
| Foundation and one of the most controversial figures in the history
| of the Internet, will discuss "Copyright and Community in the Age of
| Computer Networks" on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in 112 Norton Hall on
| the University at Buffalo's North Campus.


Open letter to Google: free VP8, and use it on YouTube

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| 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.


Older blog entries for dwmw2

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| To me, HTML5 looks less like a standard 
| and more like a set of broken hackish 
| kludges to work around the fact that 
| people out there aren't actually capable 
| of following a standard.


Risks in Google killing Adobe Flash

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| My son loves The Daily Show, but for some 
| reason he canât load Adobe Flash 10 on his 
| Windows PC.  It claims to load, but then 
| Windows tells him itâs not there. (I tried 
| âswitch to Linux.â It just re-opened the 
| Generation Gap.)
| [...]
| Google could solve his problem in a flash, 
| the Free Software Foundation says. Just 
| switch from supporting Flash to the VP8 
| codec recently acquired with ON 
| Technologies on YouTube.


Let My Codecs Go: Will Google Free VP8?

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| The good news is that if anyone has the 
| resources to sort out the legal and 
| technical problems, Google has. The reason 
| why it might want to go to all that 
| trouble is to free itself from any 
| dependence on the patent-encumbered codecs 
| of others, and to promote a flourishing 
| open video ecosystem, and with it lots of 
| lovely content that it can sell ads 
| against. 


Free Software Foundation urges Google to open On2 codec

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| We question whether yet another plug-in is 
| the best of ideas, but the post has other 
| ideas. "You could interest users with HD 
| videos in free formats, for example, or 
| aggressively invite users to upgrade their 
| browsers (instead of upgrading Flash). 
| Steps like these on YouTube would quickly 
| push browser support for free formats to 
| 50% and beyond, and they would slowly 
| increase the number of people who never 
| bother installing Flash."



Vote for HTML5 open video (WE DID IT!)

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| WE DID IT! Thanks everyone!!!
| http://productideas.appspot.com/#8/e=3d60a
| Official response:
|   We've heard a lot of feedback around
|   supporting HTML5 and are working hard to
|   meet your request, so stay tuned. We'll
|   be following up when we have more
|   information. We're answering this idea
|   now because there are so many similar
|   HTML5 ideas and we want to give other
|   ideas a chance to be seen.
|   [...]
|   YouTube Team
| Party time!

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