Skype has announced today that it is preparing to adopt Google’s open source VP8 codec for all video calls. The upcoming Skype 5.5 Windows client will use VP8 for 1-to-1 calls as well as group calls, which have used VP8 for some time. This is definitely a boost to Google’s WebM open video initiative.
Denver-based patent pool outfit MPEG LA, which is responsible for the royalty-saddled H.264 video codec, is trying to form a pool of “patents essential to the VP8 video codec specification.” It is a clear attempt at sabotaging the open-source, VP8-based WebM video format backed by Google against H.264 in the ongoing battle for HTML5 video supremacy. Not the one to be intimated, Google has picked up the gauntlet thrown down by MPEG LA and is ready to defend WebM with a patent pool of its own. The Internet giant today announced the formation of the WebM Community Cross-License (CCL) Initiative.
Denver-based patent pool outfit MPEG LA, which licenses the H.264 codec, has called upon holders of “patents essential to the VP8 video codec” to join the VP8 patent pool it’s trying to assemble. As some of you might recall, MPEG LA has time and again questioned VP8’s royalty freeness, all along threatening a VP8 patent pool. I guess you are familiar with the "hit the jump" routine.